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Robinson Is Full Of Praise For This Aston Villa Full-Back: Does He Have A Bright Future?

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In a recent interview with Football Insider, former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson was full of praise for Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash following his growing influence at Villa Park this season. Robinson said, “Matty Cash has been outstanding. He was a player that Leeds looked at as well.

“Cash has done brilliantly since he has come in and it was yet another start for him at the weekend.

“I have been really impressed with him, he has done very well. Coming into a Villa team that has been playing well will have helped him.”

Cash’s Solid Start To His Aston Villa Career

The Slough-born defender has made an impressive start to his life at Villa Park since arriving from Nottingham Forest last summer. The 23-year-old has been involved in eight matches for the Villans this season, picking up three yellow cards and receiving 687 minutes of game time in the Premier League.

Cash has shown a lot of promise by averaging 2.9 tackles, 2.9 interceptions, 3.5 clearances and 0.5 key passes per game in the English first division this season. He has also taken care of the ball well when distributing it out from the back as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 78.4% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

The ex-EFL Championship defensive ace has helped his current employers secure five victories in eight league matches which includes his two eye-catching displays against Liverpool and Arsenal respectively.

Robinson is full of praise for Aston Villa's Matty Cash who is clearing the ball in the photo
Aston Villa’s English defender Matty Cash (L) clears the ball in front of Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 8, 2020. (Photo by ANDY RAIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Does The English Right-Back Bring To The Table?

Cash has got decent pace under his belt and is an excellent defender when left isolated in a 1v1 footrace with the opposition. He has shown that he can be a reliable presence in defence as he has got the tenacity to win the ball back for his team.

The English full-back is often quick to spot the danger and can clear his lines well when required. Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has managed to get the best out of him over the past few weeks, but it remains to be seen whether he can maintain his good form for the whole campaign.

Does Cash Have A Bright Future At Villa Park?

At the moment, all seems to be going well for the player and the West Midlands club despite their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend. Cash seems to be getting better with each game as he is growing in confidence after establishing himself as a regular starter for his new club.

At 23, the English defender is about to embark upon the prime years of his playing career, so it’s safe to assume that he is destined to have a very bright future at Villa Park as long as Smith can continue to develop him in the coming seasons.

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