Date: 21st June 2019 at 9:45am
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Ben Osborn and Matty Cash may not be guaranteed a starting place in the Nottingham Forest first-team next season after struggling for goals & assists in 2019. The Reds have been linked with a host of wide-men this summer – Hosam Aiesh of Ostersunds, Gavin Whyte of Oxford United, Kamil Grosicki of Hull City and Albert Adomah – which could raise uncertainty over the duo’s role in 2019/20.

Osborn made 39 Championship appearances last season, scoring (1) and creating (5) six goals, but his form fell off a cliff in 2019. The 24-year-old hasn’t scored since New Year’s Day and hasn’t made an assist since the end of January. Osborn made just one successful dribble in his last nine appearances, whipped in four accurate crosses in his previous eight appearances and created only four chances in six.

Cash made 36 Championship appearances, contributing seven goals, but the 21-year-old as also guilty of inconsistency in 2019 – he scored only one goal and made only one assist since the turn of the year. The midfielder whipped in only seven accurate crosses since October and made six successful dribbles in his final seven appearances. O’Neill appears to be on the hunt for their replacements this summer, so could they be axed from the starting XI?

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One Reply to “Opinion: Martin O’Neill could drop Nottingham Forest duo next season”

  • I think that’s the right thing to happen, we need more quality for a serious promotion push. We all love to see an academy player get their chance in the first team, but we also tend to view them through rose tinted glasses and forgive them for mistakes that just wouldn’t be forgiven if they had cost a transfer fee.

    I feel a bit sorry for Osborn in particular, because while he is often lauded for being able to play different roles, I think his best position is the number 10 role, a spot he rarely gets to play. So he’s basically played the vast majority of his Forest career in the wrong postion(s) but hasn’t looked too bad because of his drive and energy. He could do well in a team that lets him play there and doesn’t expect him to fill in all over the field.

    Cash has similar drive and energy to Osborn, but makes the wrong decisions too often. Many a promising move has petered out because he’s chosen to shoot instead of passing or not been accurate enough when he does pass. He’s not quite Championship quality and probably needs to drop a league and hone his skills elsewhere

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