Eric Lichaj is contracted until the end of the year, and the question is; should Paul Lambert give him a contract? Well he is currently a rotation squad player and he is still young. I remember last year when he was rated, people saying that he deserves a chance; well this chance has now come around and after 27 appearances for Villa the question remains. Will we see him next season?
This is really tricky to answer because he is a right back and can play on the left; he is behind Lowton in the pecking order but it’s always good to have a back up player for that position. But at 24 years old, I wonder how long it’s going to be and if he even deserves one. My personal answer is no, he’s had his chance and hasn’t necessarily looked too good. I’m certain that Lambert could easily find another young right-back to play understudy to Lowton.
But let’s say that he is offered a new contract, how long should it be. Well he’s 24 now and decent players with that age will normally get a 3 year contract, if Lambert doesn’t fancy bringing in a new right-back then a one year contract should be on the cards. There’s no doubt that he won’t be sold in January, there’s no offers coming in. But if he’s a free agent I’m sure he could find a new club, but in the Championship. And that’s why I think he shouldn’t be offered a new contract. He’s Championship material.