Matty Cash: Good Business for Aston Villa?

Matty Cash

Matty Cash has officially signed for Aston Villa today following a summer transfer for £14 million with an addition £2 million in add ons.

Cash Talks for Villa in Big Money Swoop

Smith Delighted to Land Cash

This is Villa Manager Dean Smith’s first big signing of the summer. The 23-year-old has joined Villa on a five-year contract.

“We are delighed to welcome Matty to Villa,” said head coach Dean Smith to the club official website. “We have secured one of England’s brightest young prospects.”

Cash will provide current right-backs Frederic Guilbert, 24, and Ahmed Elmohamady, 33, stiff competition.

Right-back was a clearly an unsettled position at Villa Park. Both Guilbert and Elmohamady were out of favour at the beginning of the Restart, with centre-back Ezri Konsa filling the slot. Cash may provide some stability on the right side of what became a more solid defence.

Touted to Succeed in the Premier League

Sky Sports pundit Matt Murray described Cash as a “quality” player in January and Villa fans will certainly hope he lives up to the billing.

The former Nottingham Forest right-back appeared in 42 games last season for the club. He was voted their player of the year. Cash averaged 2.6 tackles and three clearances per game, while also registering three goals and five assists in all competitions.

His numbers suggest that he is a more attacking right-back, although his defensive game was improving as last season went on. His natural pace, athleticism and drive to get forward will help Villa on the counter-attack, where they looked slow last season.

The only concern for the club is that Cash is yet to play in a Premier League game. Much was made of their lack of ready-made Premier League experience last season. Cash, despite being a stand-out performer in the Championship, falls into that same category.

Despite this, Cash could still be a huge success. Lee Hendrie said to Football League World that a move to AC Milan back in January wouldn’t have surprised him due to his “bags of potential.” Villa then could have a real transfer coup, especially given that they beat the likes of Sheffield United to Cash’s signature.

Only time will tell if Cash can succeed at the top level, but it’s certianly looking good for Villa.


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