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According to The Sun (print version, 15th November, page 74), Crystal Palace scouts have flocked to the City Ground to watch Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash in action, while Southampton and Everton are also interested.
Well, the Eagles are reportedly eyeing up a January swoop for Cash, who has been a revelation at right-back this season after a smart coaching move from Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi.
The 48-year-old decided to convert Cash – who made 30 appearances at right-midfield last season – into a right-back, and the switch has worked wonders.
Cash, 22, has scored two goals and registered two assists in 14 Championship appearances this season, while also recording an impressive tackling rate of 2.8 tackles per game – he also makes 3.5 clearances per game.
You might recall that a certain Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a similar transition from being a right-midfielder into an effective right-back – Cash doesn’t come close to the Manchester United man’s 5.4 tackles per game, although there are certainly similarities in their professional development.
After losing Wan-Bissaka back in the summer, the south Londoners never signed a replacement.
Joel Ward was left as the Eagles’ only right-back, leaving that area of Roy Hodgson’s squad looking dangerously thin and definitely a problem position.
It has only become even more of an issue now as Ward recently suffered a groin injury against Chelsea, which will most likely see centre-back Martin Kelly slot in as cover.
In that respect, bringing Cash to Selhurst Park would be a great move from Palace as he appears to be an exciting young player who has also taken to his new role like a duck to water.
Additionally, he would help provide natural depth to what is arguably Hodgson’s biggest problem position – this would definitely be a smart signing for Palace.