This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Nottingham Forest finally got their first win of the season last weekend, seeing off fellow Midlands outfit Birmingham City at the City Ground.
Joe Lolley capitalised on a quickly taken free-kick to open the scoring before a brace of headers from both Lewis Grabban and Michael Dawson meant that Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi picked up his first Championship victory.
The Frenchman was quickly drafted in as their new boss following the sudden sacking of Martin O’Neill in June whilst the club made no fewer than 12 new summer signings to accompany their new man.
One of which was Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal in a £2m move on deadline day, though, the 27-year-old is yet to feature for his new team in the Championship – he did play 90 minutes in their 1-0 Carabao Cup victory over Fleetwood Town.
The man keeping Jenkinson out the side is Matty Cash – who in the past has primarily played in midfield either on the right-hand side or through the middle.
His performances this season have been the best in the squad if his WhoScored rating is anything to go by, averaging 7.45 for the three Championship matches – the highest of any Forest player.
From the right-back position, he’s yet to record a foul this season, is averaging the most clearances per game at 5.3, is third for dribbles per game at 1.7 and is averaging 1.3 key passes per game – you’re not dropping a man in that sort of form.
That means Jenkinson is going to have to be patient, something he may not be willing to do after making just 70 appearances for the Arsenal first-team in eight years – an average of under nine games per season.
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Cash’s latest showing against Birmingham was arguably his best yet as he recorded more passes than any other Forest player with 59 in the game. He also made four clearances and four blocks as well as winning five aerial duels – the same as central defender Michael Dawson.
The position is surely Cash’s to keep with the 6 ft 1 natural right-back likely to only feature in cup games going forward.