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Back to winning ways, but it looks as if not everybody is happy with how things are going.
And by not everybody, there’s only really one man in particular, and that’s former Nottingham Forest player Kenny Burns.
He made some rather bemusing comments when it comes to Forest’s make-shift right-back Matty Cash in the wake of the victory over Luton Town
Cash, a winger by trade, has had to fill in as a defender this season due to injuries to the likes of Tendayi Darikwa and Carl Jenkinson.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Burns believes that although Cash has done a great job up to now, that going forward, Forest need to get him out of that position as soon as possible.
“One thing which continues to worry me is Matty Cash playing at right-back. That’s in no way intended as a criticism to Cash, who gives nothing less than 100 percent each and every week, and is getting better game after game. He’s just not a right-back and going forward, I’m not sure how long Lamouchi can persist with it.
“Take Hull for example, they probably have two of the best wingers in the league in Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen, and both enjoyed a profitable night a couple of weeks ago. As much as I like and respect Cash, the sooner Forest can get Carl Jenkinson fit the better.”
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The best way you could describe those comments would be ‘damning with faint praise’. Last weekend, Cash set a Championship record this season for most tackles in a match, making a mighty 11 successful challenges.
So for Burns to essentially be calling for the 22-year-old to be dropped as soon as Jenkinson gets fit feels a little bit extreme, especially when he’s been doing so well not just over the weekend, but throughout the season as well.
In fact, if you take a look at WhoScored’s ratings for the Championship this season, he’s actually down as the best right-back in the division.
Therefore, it’s harsh for Burns to be saying that they essentially need to find a solution when overall he’s been doing a fine job.
There may be some inconsistencies to his game but you can give the youngster a little bit of leeway because at the end of the day, he is out of position.
Forest don’t need to fix the position unless it gets absolutely drastic and Cash starts producing errors on a continual basis. There’s enough chopping and changing going on at Forest right now, so rotating for the sake of it won’t make things better.