Cash was one of West Ham fans most wanted targets this summer. David Moyes, however, is set to disappoint and not chase the Forest full-back.
West Ham is trying to fix their defence this summer due to a disappointing performance at the back last season. The Hammers conceded sixty-two goals in the Premier League last season, the fifth-worst in the league.
For David Moyes to build and improve on what was a disappointing 2019/20 season, the Scot must invest in bringing new life into the defence. The full-back positions have been the most prominent problem spots in the West Ham squad. The current crop of experienced first-team regulars has proved to be unreliable for many reasons.
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On the left-side, Aaron Cresswell has not been at his best for almost two seasons. The 30-year-old has struggled to recapture his form from before his injury in 2017. The other option Arthur Masuaku is much more effective further forward and can suffer lapses while defending.
The right-side had seen two players leave the club before the transfer window even opened. Jeremy Ngakia and Pablo Zabaleta both left when their contracts expired in July. These exits only leave Ryan Fredericks and Ben Johnson as recognised right-backs at the club. Fredericks is an okay squad player but is prone to injury and Johnson is still only 22-years-old and considered quite raw still.
The thinness to the right-back spot led to the rumours linking the club to Matty Cash. The 23-year-old was part of Forest’s solid defence last season and is a very accomplished full-back. The Englishman would slot perfectly into the West Ham side and would strengthen the Hammers defence.
Cash would also contribute going forward. The defender scored three goals and assisted five in forty-two Championship games, much more than any Hammers defender achieved. This all-round ability has attracted the interest of multiple Premier League clubs, including West Ham.
The interest from the Hammers has now cooled; however, David Moyes has turned his attentions elsewhere. The £15 million price tag has likely turned Moyes off the defender. Sheffield United and Burnley remain keen and are set to battle it out to sign him.
The fact Moyes has moved on from a player that would suit the club so perfectly is disappointing to see. The current options do not provide enough reliable quality or depth in case there was an injury. If Moyes cannot see that, then he can’s see something most Hammers can.
If it is a financial issue, then more questions need to be raised so fans can understand why the Irons are potentially outbid by the likes of Sheffield United and Burnley.