Back in the January transfer window, Southampton were seemingly on the hunt for a right-back.
Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters was on their radar, and he was the man who Ralph Hasenhuttl eventually captured just two days before the transfer deadline.
However, another right-back who the Saints were believed to have made an enquiry for was Nottingham Forest star Matty Cash.
Last time out against promotion hopefuls Leeds, Cash delivered an impressive performance as Forest ran out 2-0 winners over Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
The Forest No.11 failed to add to his six Championship goals involvements, although he was heavily involved.
Cash had 63 touches of the ball – more than any of his teammates – while he also made one key pass and embarked on one successful dribble against the Yorkshire-based side.
Additionally, the English full-back won three fouls from the opposition – no player on the pitch was impeded more – while he also completed 23 passes, more than any of his outfield teammates managed to record.
On the defensive side of things, the Forest academy graduate made a huge five interceptions – more than any other player on the pitch managed to register – while Cash also completed one tackle and made one clearance.
It was a brilliant all-round display from the full-back, and you can see why AC Milan wanted him while West Ham also submitted a bid for his services.
In total this season, Cash has made 2.9 tackles per game and 2.8 clearances per game, while he has really taken to his new role at right-back having previously made 30 appearances on the right of midfield last term.
If he keeps this form up, Southampton may regret not capturing the Slough-born defender in January.
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