Crystal Palace are lining up a move for Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash, according to reports.
According to the Sun newspaper (November 15, p. 74), the Eagles join a host of Premier League sides considering a move for the Forest defender, who has only recently turned his hand to playing at full-back.
Palace face competition from Southampton and Everton for the 22-year-old, who has been adjusted into a right-back since Sabri Lamouchi took over the club, and has helped contribute two goals and two assists (Transfermarkt) this season from those deep positions.
The Sun claims (via HITC) that Everton are planning a £12m bid for the midfielder-turned-defender.
Despite being a new phenomenon in that position, Nottingham Forest fans are in no doubt as to whether or not he is capable of playing in that position – as you can see from a few tweets below from their fans:
Matty Cash best player in the championship. Different class
— Glyn Wharmby (@trickytrees1981) November 9, 2019
Matty Cash best right back in the leauge and I wont hear otherwise, the bloke is an absolute machine
— Tom (@tompollard20) November 9, 2019
Matty Cash becoming first name on the team sheet for team of the week.
— Chris B (@CBax05) November 11, 2019
With Palace desperate for more full-backs, Matty Cash could provide a very good solution.
At the moment, the Eagles have the options of both Joel Ward and Martin Kelly, who are both now pushing 30, with the latter being much more comfortable in the centre-back position nowadays (as said by Dominic Fifield in the Athletic).
Furthermore, considering that Kelly has been playing in central defence mainly for the past few seasons, and Ward hasn’t provided an assist in the past two campaigns, it is quite clear that their main capabilities come through defending. Cash, on the other hand, would provide a completely different threat to Palace, and perhaps go far in helping to solve their goalscoring problems, with the Eagles scoring just 10 goals in 12 league matches this season.
Comparatively, Cash’s statistics show he is much more of an attacking presence. So far this season, he has a shots per game average of 0.9 to Ward’s 0.3, a dribbles per game total of 0.9 to 0.3, a key passes per game rate of 0.8 to 0.2, as well as making 0.9 crosses per match to Ward’s 0.3.
With Palace crying out for more youth in their side as well as another right-back, Cash could be the perfect man for the Eagles. He has been fantastic for Forest this year, averaging more than anyone else in the whole squad according to WhoScored with a rating of 7.27/10.
Palace could have a good chance if it is just those three clubs interested in him. Everton have both Seamus Coleman and Djibril Sidibe as options, meaning he could face fierce competition to get a look in there, while Southampton are struggling in the relegation zone, leaving Palace as potentially the most suitable option for the defender.
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