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A Villans View Of Eric Lichaj

A Villans View Of Eric Lichaj

The release of Eric Lichaj came as a shock to most Aston Villa fans.
With concerns over depth at both right-back and left-back, retaining a player who could fulfil both roles for a meagre wage packet seemed a pretty obvious step to take this summer.

Instead, the U.S. international was freed to find a new club, and Nottingham Forest fans should be confident they've picked up a capable young player.

A natural right-sider, Lichaj's path to the first-team was blocked by the consistently excellent, supremely durable Matthew Lowton. But concerns over Joe Bennett's ability at the top level, along with Nathan Baker's preference for a central berth, allowed him to slide in on the left for a total of seven starts and about as many substitute appearances too.

Offensively he's limited: Unsure steaming forward and largely reluctant once entering the final third, Lichaj is unlikely to be a major threat driving into opposition territory. But defensively he is sound, tracks his man very well and times his challenges perfectly. Rarely does he get sucked in and exposed, and his former weakness of being one-footed has seemingly disappeared.

His biggest weapon is his long throw. Villa fans rarely saw it given the sporadic nature of his appearances, but it's not too far short of Rory Delap-esque distance when in full swing.

Lichaj is no world-beater, but he's a reliable young full-back who can cover both sides. He pocketed Eden Hazard at Villa Park for 96 minutes, while he also nullified Glen Johnson at Anfield. He had his bad moments last season—who in a Villa shirt didn't?—and he's not a Premier League calibre player right now. Championship is a level he can succeed at, though, and Nottingham Forest is a great place for him to prove he's up to the challenge.

He has no character concerns, works hard for the team and never strops about. It's a very low-risk free transfer for Billy Davies.

Many thanks to Sam Tighe for writing the article. You can follow Sam on twitter by clicking @stighefootball.

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Writer:Sam Tighe
Date:Wednesday June 19 2013
Time: 11:49AM

Comments

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I wasn't shocked, he's pants !! lol
astonmilan
19/06/2013 12:06:00
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I liked him a lot and was sad to see him go, not a world beater but very solid, article sums him up well.
antvillan
19/06/2013 12:17:00
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He'll do a good job for you and gives 100%.
daveyboyr
19/06/2013 12:23:00
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A decent player. We should probably have kept him
plastic villan
19/06/2013 12:24:00
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He works hard and is a great signing, but one thing though: 'He had his bad moments last season—who in a Villa shirt didn't?' OUCH! Good luck to Eric, he'll do you proud.
juddy
19/06/2013 14:52:00
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You are getting yourself a very strong young defender with a great engine. To say he had some poor moments last season is tosh. He didn't get a look in at RB as Lowton played virtually every minute of the season and Eric filled in at LB - not his favoured position although he is competent on the left side and he also played when the team was not playing well. If he settles in at RB with a stable defence you will have yourself a very good full back and a star at Championship level I would have thought. Good luck Eric.
Tony Dunn
20/06/2013 09:33:00
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