Aston Villa defender Matty Cash has reportedly attracted interest from Chelsea, as Blues head coach Graham Potter is hoping to boost his options at right-back. The Polish international, who played every minute for his national team at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, has just begun accumulating consistent game time under Unai Emery.
Cash was substituted in Villa’s shock FA Cup Third Round defeat to Stevenage after picking up what looked to be a hamstring strain. Emery was unable to offer any update on the defender’s condition immediately after the match as he admitted he did not have an answer for reporters, but this does not seem to have phased Chelsea.
According to Simon Phillips, “it looks likely now that the club are going to try and bring a right back this month if they find the right opportunity.” The journalist points out Cash as the freshest option being considered by the recruitment team at Stamford Bridge.
The 25-year-old has become a key player for Villa since signing from Nottingham Forest, making 85 appearances, scoring four goals and contributing six assists. His record at the Forest Ground was even better, as Cash scored 13 and set up a further 15. His current market value is around £20 million, as per Transfermarkt.
Potter has already been put under a lot of pressure at Chelsea despite only joining the club from Brighton in early September. Currently down in 10th place in the Premier League standings, the Blues have won just seven of their opening 17 fixtures.
Signing another player at right-back could be key for Potter as star man Reece James, who predominantly plays in that position, has suffered plenty of injury problems this campaign. No offer has been made to Villa as it stands, but it appears Cash is considered a serious possibility.