Aston Villa have been rather trigger-happy when it comes to spending money on bringing new players to the club over the past few years to help strengthen the squad and help the team progress.
With the upcoming summer transfer window set to open for business at the end of the season, it seems as though the Villans’ first port of call this time around will be to make sure they keep hold of one of their current players rather than immediately dive into the transfer market and sign some new ones.
According to a recent report from Football Insider, the Midlands club are looking to offer right-back Matty Cash a new and improved contract to ward off interest from Atletico Madrid, who were linked with the Poland international in January and mentioned with a potential summer swoop for him.
Since arriving at Villa Park back in September 2020 from Nottingham Forest in a deal worth £16m, the full-back has cemented himself as a crucial player for the Villans by racking up 59 appearances across all competitions in which he’s managed to score three goals and provide six assists along the way.
To highlight just how pivotal the defender is for Steven Gerrard’s side, the former Forest star has started all 29 of Villa’s Premier League games in this campaign, playing more minutes than any other player in the squad.
His performances in those league games have earned him an overall season rating of 6.98, making him the third-highest figure in Gerrard’s ranks according to WhoScored behind Philippe Coutinho and John McGinn.
His form of late has been mightily impressive too, with the defender scoring twice and registering two assists in his last five outings.
This shows not only why a team like Atletico would want to add Cash to their side but also why the Villans would be keen to tie him down to a new contract to make sure he remains at the club for as long as possible given how important and impressive he’s been for them.
Even though his current deal at the Midlands club isn’t set to expire until 2025, it would surely leave plenty of supporters and indeed Gerrard jumping for joy if Johan Lange can secure a new contract for the full-back before the summer. If he does, they can surely rest easy over his immediate future.