Aston Villa: Dan Bardell noticed Unai Emery venting fury towards Matty Cash
The Athletic’s Dan Bardell noticed that Unai Emery was ‘losing his mind’ at Aston Villa full-back Matty Cash in their most recent match.
The Lowdown: Substitute cameo
Cash came on 59 minutes into their Premier League clash at Villa Park on Saturday, where he lost possession on seven occasions, gave away one foul and failed to win his only duel on the day.
The 25-year-old has played 17 league matches for Villa this season, but he’s only played one full game in the Premier League in 2023.
Having initially been a starter under Emery, it appears as though he has a fight on his hands to reclaim his first-team place following his World Cup exploits with Poland.
The Latest: Bardell notices interaction
Speaking on The Villa View after the game, Bardell said that Emery was extremely frustrated with Cash once he came on and was constantly shouting at him from the sidelines.
He stated: “I did notice something at the game yesterday.
“Unai Emery was losing his mind at Cash a couple of times on the touchline for whatever he was doing, so I think says a lot about maybe why Ashley Young is perhaps doing more of what Unai Emery wants.
“Emery threw his arms up in the air and lost his cool at Cash a couple of times, I noticed during the game, so that’s something to keep your eye upon.
“I wouldn’t expect Matty Cash to be coming back in the team anytime soon if Emery’s reaction to a couple of elements of his play is anything to go by.”
The Verdict: Back Cash
We believe that Cash has the potential to be a long-term mainstay in the Villa starting XI, despite Emery opting to play Ashley Young in recent weeks.
Cash clearly holds Emery in high regard and likely won’t have his opinion changed by his recent touchline antics.
He described the ex-Arsenal boss as an ‘incredible’ manager and claimed that even some of the experienced players were learning a lot from the Spaniard (via Birmingham Mail).
But Cash is 25 years old and so has plenty of time to develop his game as time goes by.
A number of top names have played under Villans boss, including fellow full-back Jordi Alba, David Villa and Angel Di Maria.
Our belief is that Cash has a great opportunity to learn a lot under his current manager and we hope Emery gives him the chance to do so.