Now’s the time to really find out where the club stands on the matter.
When a player outside the Championship starts getting attention from the national media, then you know that things are getting serious. And that’s exactly the situation that Matty Cash found himself in over the weekend, as his displays caught the eye of a certain Henry Winter.
He was in attendance to watch Forest’s 0-0 draw with Bristol City, and after the game he said “Cash, especially first half, looks Premier League class, defending and attacking, good passing, quick to move into midfield.”
It’s the use of the term ‘Premier League class’ that should get alarm bells ringing for Forest fans, because it just adds to the hype that is currently surrounding him. According to a recent report in The Sun (15/11/19, page 74), a number of Premier League clubs are looking at signing Cash in the upcoming window.
Now, the ball is officially in the hands of the club, because it looks as if the talks of him moving to a Premier League club are only going to get bigger and bigger, and they need to do something about it. Whilst I have said in the past that Forest should consider selling Cash in this upcoming window, if the club are smart, they will be rushing around the negotiating table to offer him a new deal.
They can then use this to their advantage in a number of ways, either to bump up the asking price for any club that still wishes to pursue him, or to act as a statement of intent and tell both the fans and other clubs that he is not for sale.
Would a new contract for Matty Cash keep him at the City Ground?
The club need to be aggressive in their negotiations and their plans for the January window, not just in terms of their incomings, but also their potential outgoings, because that way they’ll put themselves in a position of being able to dictate what happens, rather than being dictated to.