Nottingham Forest will have come away happy with a point after being second best against Wigan for large parts of the game on Saturday. Like many games, there will certainly be positives and negatives, with the performance of Matty Cash being very pleasing.
The 21-year-old (valued at £1.35m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) was making his first Championship appearance for The Reds, after bagging a goal and impressing against Bury in the midweek League Cup tie. He continued his good form, netting again and earning a penalty in the final stages to level the match.
Cash was the best player on the pitch in a Forest shirt on Saturday, and he has done more than enough in two matches to prove that he should be a regular in the first XI. No one has put their hand up to suggest why Aitor Karanka should not go for this option, making it, in essence, a no-brainer for the Spanish manager.
With two goals in two starts, Forest certainly could do with Cash bringing his new-found eye for a goal, as striker Lewis Grabban is being left isolated up front, and has failed to score this season. His pace and energy is something that any manager will relish, as they know that he will give 100% every time he plays.
For now, 21-year-old loan signing Gil Dias will have to make way for Cash on the right, and work for a place back in the squad. This is a healthy level of competition in the squad that will leave Karanka delighted.
Forest currently sit in eighth place in the Championship and host Birmingham on Saturday at The City Ground, and Cash must be in the side.