Date: 13th August 2019 at 1:05pm
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Sabri Lamouchi signed Carl Jenkinson to replace the injured Tendayi Darikwa, but the Nottingham Forest manager has so far used Matty Cash at right-back.

Cash is a natural winger whose form came under a lot of criticism during the second-half of last season, but he was praised by supporters after Saturday’s 1-1 with Leeds United and may give Jenkinson stiff competition for a starting place.

The 22-year-old contributed eight goals in 36 Championship games last season, but he scored just one goal in 2019 and made only one assist since mid-August. Cash struggled to affect the game in the final third, so he was instead used in a deeper role by Martin O’Neill.

With Forest signing Albert Adomah and Sammy Ameobi to play on the wing, however, Cash has been forced to stay in defence. His latest performance against Leeds vindicated the decision. The Englishman played a full 90 minutes at Elland Road, made 56 touches and completed 54.6% of his 22 passes.

Cash created one chance, whipped in four crosses with 25% accuracy, made two tackles, one interception, 12 clearances, won three aerial duels and had one successful dribble.

Forest next face Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night. Whether Cash will get the nod remains to be seen, however, as Lamouchi might want to give other players minutes who haven’t featured as much.

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