I’m going to chalk this up as an ‘I got this right’ moment.
I don’t get a lot of them, so whenever it happens, I try to enjoy it as much as I can. I said earlier in the week that a new contract for Matty Cash would be a great way for the club to gain back control when it comes to the rumours of him leaving the club in January (The Sun 15/11/19, page 74). Well low and behold, yesterday the news came out that Cash had indeed signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal at the City Ground.
This essentially gives Forest a much stronger hand if Premier League clubs are interested in him, driving up his value for him and meaning that clubs will be forced to pay through the nose for him if they want to bring him in. Which will either make them less likely to want to buy, or give Forest a greater amount to reinvest in his replacement.
But why stop at just one?
If they were willing to do that for Cash there’s no reason that they can’t go and do the same for someone like Joe Worrall. With reports coming in that Arsenal are interested in his services, then the board should spring into action and do the same thing for Worrall.
If they want to keep other clubs away from someone who has been described as a future Forest captain, then they should be doing everything they can to try and disincentivise any club from trying to bring him in. And same as Cash, if clubs are still interested in buying him, then the club can ask for a premium price and be financially secure when trying to find a replacement.
Will Worrall leave in January if Arsenal offer the right price?
It’s relatively simple when you think about it, but can put the club in a great position going forward.