Nottingham Forest's Matty Cash needs to be played correctly

Nottingham Forest's Matty Cash

The versatile midfielder has found himself filling gaps as a right wing back this season.

Matty Cash of Nottingham Forest in action with Liam Bridcutt of Leeds UnitedMatty Cash of Nottingham Forest in action with Liam Bridcutt of Leeds United

As Nottingham Forest crashed to their second Championship defeat in a few days with a 3-2 loss away at Fulham, there was one major talking point on the way out.

It wasn't the 3-5-2 formation that Gary Brazil had elected to use, or that Britt Assombalonga started the match on the bench - it was why midfielder Matty Cash was again playing right wing back.

The 19-year old academy graduate - who's arguably the best central midfielder the club's promoted since Jermaine Jenas - has been earmarked as former captain Henri Lansbury's long-term replacement.

Under Philippe Montanier's reign, Cash's willingness to play anywhere saw him play right wing back, in a move that ultimately didn't work out.

Burton Albion's Hamza Choudhury in action with Nottingham Forest's Matthew CashBurton Albion's Hamza Choudhury in action with Nottingham Forest's Matthew Cash

Against Fulham, that move was resurrected with disastrous effect. The Whites constantly targeted Cash and kept putting him in two-on-one situations, pulling other Forest players out of position to try and help him in the process.

It's also led to Cash getting unfair criticism from Forest fans for something that ultimately isn't his fault, as he's out of position. One wonders what natural right wing back Hildeberto Periera - who hasn't featured since Brazil's arrival - has to do to get a game.

It is clear that if Cash is to fulfil his obvious potential, he needs more games in a position he is comfortable in.

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