Nottingham Forest have improved significantly under Sabri Lamouchi to the point that they are now serious contenders for promotion.
A late equaliser from Matty Cash against West Brom shows they can compete with the best, and the right-back’s own personal improvement has epitomised Forest’s season so far. The youngster had primarily featured at right-wing before Lamouchi arrived, but his form in defence has been remarkable, as reflected by the transfer interest in him, which includes attention from AC Milan.
Ben Watson has spoken highly of his teammate while commenting on his future, though he couldn’t rule out the probability that interest in the 22-year-old will re-emerge.
Speaking to NottinghamshireLive, Watson said:
“It was no surprise there was interest in him in January, and no doubt there will be interest in the summer as well.
“He’s young and it’s his first season playing that position, so he’s going to get better. He’s a good kid and he’s willing to learn, so he can keep improving.”
Cash has no doubt been one of the biggest positives of Forest’s season so far but it is possible that the club may only be able to hold onto him next season if they are in the Premier League.
The fact he is an academy product and is progressing well currently works in the club’s favour, but he is already showing Premier League qualities and it is possible that a top-division team may look to sign him before others take notice.
Against the Baggies the right-back showed a variety of tremendous qualities, firing in a sublime strike from an awkward angle as well as committing a tenacious tackle to dispossess Filip Krovinovic in the first half. His seven goal contributions and 2.8 tackles per game show how well-suited he is to his current role, helping out the Midlands outfit significantly in both attack and defence, with 1.5 interceptions per game also, per WhoScored.
The positive for the Reds is that Cash still has more than three years to run on his contract. That gives them security and the option to hold onto him even if there is significant interest, or they could sell him for a healthy fee that could be re-invested in the squad.
How good has Cash been this season Forest fans? Would you be disappointed if he was sold in the summer or do you think the funds could be wisely re-invested into the squad? Let us know below…
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