Former footballer Michael Brown praises Aston Villa's underrated star

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The Premier League is known for its dazzling stars, but even in this constellation of talent, there are hidden gems deserving of wider recognition. One such player is Aston Villa's Matty Cash.

Recently, former Premier League midfielder Michael Brown, speaking to the BBC, highlighted Cash's versatility and underrated value within the English top flight.

"He gets up and down the pitch and always contributes. I feel like his game has got better and better being in a better team. He's versatile and underrated - a real professional."

Cash might not be a household name yet, but his on-field intelligence and steady presence are quietly changing the game. His transition from a midfield role to a powerful right-back is a testament to his adaptability. It is a quality increasingly sought-after in the modern game and one that manager Unai Emery is putting to good use within his system.

Matty Cash may fly under the radar, but he is a linchpin for Aston Villa. His defensive prowess is undeniable, with high tackle and clearance rates. However, he is far more than a solid defender.

He possesses the creativity to be a real threat going forward, scoring key goals and setting up his teammates for success. It is this combination of attributes that makes him an invaluable asset, a player whose impact goes beyond the simple stats.

Numbers help tell Cash's story. He has appeared in an impressive 35 matches this season, contributing 4 goals and 2 assists. His ability to win duels, make clearances, and carry the ball effectively further highlight his value as both a defensive rock and an offensive sparkplug.

Unai Emery's innovative tactics have suited Cash perfectly. He has given Cash the freedom to make those trademark forward runs that leave defenders scrambling. And as a reliable "box crasher," Cash disrupts opponents and creates crucial scoring opportunities. He is a versatile weapon in Emery's arsenal.

The Premier League loves its flashy stars, but it is the dedicated, reliable players like Matty Cash who form the backbone of successful teams. While some players bask in the spotlight, he does his job with quiet intensity. Michael Brown was right; it is time for the footballing world to recognise Cash's immense contributions.

Players like Matty Cash are the unsung heroes of the Premier League. As Villa's campaign continues, expect him to play a pivotal role. It is only a matter of time before this rising star gets the wider acclaim he deserves.