It has been a terrific campaign for Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash, who continues to be a key player in the Reds’ bid for promotion to the Premier League this term.
The 22-year-old was an out-and-out winger heading into the final week of pre-season, but a long-term injury to Tendayi Darikwa saw him be converted from an attacking wide-man into a right-back.
It’s a decision that may have seemed rather desperate at first, but Cash has, quite simply, come up leaps and bounds under Lamouchi, thriving in his new position and establishing himself as one of the best in the division.
A threat when venturing forward and improving game-by-game defensively, Cash is now one of the best right-backs in the Championship.
Naturally, the homegrown star attracted interest from a host of high-profile clubs over the course of the January transfer window, with AC Milan and West Ham among those said to be interested.
Cash remained at the City Ground, though, staying true to his beliefs of helping Forest win promotion to the top-flight this season, after signing a new three-and-a-year deal on Trentside back in November.
If Forest do fail to go up this season, though, then that speculation is bound to intensify in the summer, and Forest may well face a fight to keep hold of one of their most important players.
FLW’s Chief Editor Sam Rourke recently caught up with former Aston Villa midfielder, Lee Hendrie, who offered his thoughts on Cash’s season so far and what the future may hold for the Reds’ academy graduate.
He said: “I do like Matty, he’s got bags of potential. Playing in that position, he’s always up and down and he’s got bags of energy – he’s had a fabulous season.
“I could easily see him playing in Italy for AC Milan, the style of Italian football would suit him as they utilise their wing-backs quite a lot. It wouldn’t surprise me if it did happen.
“When you’ve had as good a season as Matty’s had, why shouldn’t he be getting the plaudits and attract these big clubs?
“He’s still a young man, he still has a lot to learn and he has bags of potential but he’s shown what he’s all about this season. If a move did happen, it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest.”