Might the EPL Get Another American Defender?

Lichaj: Ensconced on the TSG depth chart...

Shame on TSG for not updating our near bi-weekly Eric Lichaj Report.

We’ve been following Lichaj for about 3 months now since stellar column contributor Ryan put him on his depth chart way back when–see the comments section here.

An interesting report out of England this past week where Villa Manager Martin O’Neill–speaking of Lichaj and another defenders–” is believed to have refused to grant the defenders permission to play in Lincoln’s run to the third round of the FA Cup.”

Could a return to the mothership be in the offing? Villa’s defense has been stable this year, with the corner defense (where Lichaj plays) being manned capably by Luke Young and Steve Warnock, but they are certainly lacking some depth with the once-promising Nicky Shorey shipped out to lower league club Nottingham Forest and 32-year-old Habib Beye the only other cover.

Might be a good chance to get the youngster some tutelage and a few junior games…wait, our fandom just came out.

2 responses to this post.

  1. If you look at the comments section of the second link (report) you see that apparently Lincoln City fans are rating Lichaj quite highly. Not that starring on an English league 2 squad means that he’s national-team material, but it’s a starting point.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/12/23 at 10:14 AM

      Agreed, I’ve looked at the comments and message boards after a handful of Lincoln City’s games and they are always rave review for Lichaj.

      A super positive…probably for 2014…but don’t be surprised if you see Lichaj on the roster come March 3rd in the Netherlands.


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