Aston Villa consider swoop for emerging Championship ace

Matty Cash celebrates

Johan Lange may have only been in his post for a couple of weeks, but he's already looking like a better appointment than Suso ever was.

The Spaniard's transfer policy at Aston Villa wasn't the greatest and they almost paid the price, finishing 17th. 

He helped the club splurge over £120m last summer as the Villans brought in 12 players who were only just about good enough for the Premier League.

It's important to remember just how big a job Suso had to try and prepare this squad for the top-flight, but thankfully for Lange, things can surely only get better.

Already it looks as though they're willing to be a little more sensible in the window. Moves for top-flight proven players like Emi Buendia and Divock Origi could be on the cards, while they've identified a host of Dean Smith's former players too.

Villa have been in the market for players like Said Benrahma, Rico Henry and Ollie Watkins

Landing all three would surely be a step too far, but they're right to track players who Smith has a track record with. 

Divock Origi on the bench

It appears as though Aston Villa are looking towards the Championship and the latest name to be considered is a defender.

The name in question is Nottingham Forest's Matty Cash.

The 23-year-old came into the campaign as a winger but has since been transformed into a right-back. Consequently, he's now attracting the eyes of the Premier League after a fantastic season.

He scored three goals and created five assists on his way to being crowned Forest's Player of the Season. 

Villa are thought to be one of a number of teams pursuing the defender who could join an ever-growing list of teams. The news was revealed by Paul Taylor on Twitter.

It appears as though a fee of £15m will have to be spent in order to land the full-back.

Matty Cash

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Villa only signed Frederic Guilbert a year and a half ago but that isn't stopping their pursuit of a player who looks Premier League ready.

After watching him earlier this season, reputable journalist Henry Winter said he looked top-flight class, as his ability to defend and attack shone through.

Cash has a wealthy list of attributes, whether it be winning tackles or delivering crosses, he seemingly has it all.

In 2019/20, he won 2.6 tackles per game but also registered 1.1 key passes per match. That first number, rather coincidentally, puts him above every single player in the Villa squad besides Guilbert - he manages three tackles per outing.

Matty Cash versus Hull

The Frenchman may be strong in the challenge but he doesn't quite possess the attacking abilities that Cash does. Guilbert only claimed two assists this season and managed just 0.5 key passes.

Described as "tenacious" and as someone with "good footballing brains" by pundit Noel Whelan, it's clear that the Forest man would be a huge upgrade to Villa's all-round play.

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