This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Homegrown, local players are emerging back into fashion in the world of football. The days of native club heroes like Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney are long gone, and with them went the desire for teams to nurture their academy players. But now it seems the trend is back on.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is a fine example of how a product of a club’s youth system can go on to achieve his dreams with his boyhood club. Another example is Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash. The Englishman may not have won the Champions League or be a household name, but who’s to say he never will?
Cash started out at Forest as a young boy, signing for the Nottinghamshire outfit in 2014 before being awarded a professional contract two years later. The youngster spent one year on loan with Dagenham and Redbridge to gain some experience and upon his return, he was deemed ready to play amongst the big fish.
Will Matty Cash become a Nottingham Forest legend?
In the summer of 2016, Cash was promoted to the senior squad and he hasn’t looked back since. This season he has especially shown his worth and cemented his place in the starting lineup.
The Englishman has missed just one Championship match this entire campaign, establishing himself as an integral part of Sabri Lamouchi’s set-up. This term he has three goals and four assists, including the goal he scored against West Brom on Forest’s opening game of the season.
In September 2016, during his first season with the first team, Cash was valued at just £135,000. However, after his solid performances in defence and his ability to shift into midfield or on the wing, his market price has skyrocketed. According to Transfermarkt, the 22-year-old is now worth £4.3million (£5.4m prior to the dip in the market due to current events).
After being named as part of FIFA 20’s Team of the Season, a lot of buzz has surrounded the up and coming right-back. Additionally, if Forest qualify for this season’s play-offs and clinch promotion, Cash’s market value will only continue to rise. If he stays with his boyhood club, he will be an invaluable asset. If he chooses to move on, he’s going to make the Reds an awful lot of money considering he is very much one of their own.
Forest fans, how impressive has Cash been this term? Let us know below…
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