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20th Dec, 2016 | 10:40am

Montanier favourite: Nottingham Forest 19-year-old is young player of the year for 2016

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Football Insider names the Nottingham Forest young player of the year for 2016.

Forest academy product Matty Cash wins the young player of the year award, despite going out on loan last season to Dagenham & Redbridge.

With former Philippe Montanier changing much of the Forest side this season in terms of players and system in the summer, Cash has profited by gaining a place in his starting eleven.

At just 19 years of age, Cash has been crucial in Montanier’s struggling Forest side as he continues to fill the void in a number of positions.

Starring on the right side of midfield, as a number 10 or even as a wing back, Cash’s performances have been another example of Forest’s superb youth academy that had earlier produced Oliver Burke.

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The Scotland international left to join Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig in the summer for around £13million, but the two-time European champions must resist the clutches of any interested parties in order to keep Cash.

During his 10 league and cup appearances this season, Cash has refused to let a broken leg earlier this season deter him as he returned against Barnsley to provide an assist in the 5-2 win.

Showing a composure on the ball expected of someone much his senior, Cash has provided a stuttering creative spark in a Forest side that are just five places above the Championship drop zone.

His absence during his injury was noticed. Starring in an impressive six wins and losing just twice this season, Forest lost six of their 11 games without Cash as they struggled to unlock their opponent’s defence.

With three years still remaining on his City Ground contract, Montanier must do all within his power to keep the Forest wonderkid at his disposal.

In other Nottingham Forest news, this is the player of the year for 2016.