There's a new sheriff in town: Lichaj at Nottingham Forest

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  1. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    I feel like he could play at a better club than championship bottom-feeder....he did pretty well in the EPL by all accounts. He should be playing at a first division club somewhere.
     
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  2. The Irish Rover

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    Could? Probably, but his wages may be an issue: when he signed with Forest he was transferring from an EPL club, so his wages would have been quite high and he's been one of their most important and consistent players, which would have kept them fairly high. He's also quite settled in the region, so he may be unwilling to agitate for a move.

    The real factor, however, is that while he's a good player he's never been rated a Championship stand-out in the way that Yedlin has, so he hasn't attracted the "name your price bids" from a player promotion-chaser. He'll go to a better team when his contract is up and he can move on a Bosman, or when Forest get an new and non-insane owner who hires a competent Director of Football who restructures the squad to make Forest a better team.

    I'm not holding my breath on the second option.:(
     
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  3. BostonRed

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  5. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    I wanna say he's under-rated outside of the club but I feel you're 100% correct
     
  6. BostonRed

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  7. BostonRed

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  8. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    hope he does well enough over the next month to get a nice move this summer
     
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  9. ebbro

    ebbro Member+

    Jun 10, 2005
    I doubt a month is going to make or break a move - he has a whole body of work to justify (or not) a "nice move."
     
  10. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    it can reinforce, but yes as you stated
     
  11. The Irish Rover

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    Staying in the Champioship would do for now. . .
     
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  12. ChuckMe92

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  13. bigtw64

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    Lichaj and Co. lose 2-0. Forest, Blackburn & Birmingham will fight for survival on the final matchday
     
  14. Sebsasour

    Sebsasour Member+

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    Damn a goal differential of just one is keeping them in right now. If they get a worse result than Blackburn on Sunday they're going down. They do get to host 16th place Ipswich though while Blackburn has to go away to 10th place Brentford
     
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  15. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

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    As I recall he was barely hanging on for a terrible team during his EPL tenure. I don't think anyone thought he did "pretty well."
     
  16. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    i recall he did so well 1 game he marked Bale right out of the game. But AV have been so terrible the last few years. I can't recall if he did well or terrible or if was simply "ok/decent"/ But your point still stands as he was on a terrible squad.
     
  17. ArsenalMetro

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    He did "pretty well" in the context of "holy crap American fullbacks suck, and we have one playing semi-regularly in the Premier League. He must be better than everyone else we have."

    He certainly wasn't even an average Premier League player. If he was either then or now, he'd be playing in it.

    That's not a slight on him, for what it's worth. He could certainly be playing for a playoff contender in the Championship.
     
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  18. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

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    The discussion here is about whether he can generally hack it at a club better than a Championship bottom feeder, not whether he is decent for an American, so I stand by my words in regard to how he played in the EPL.
     
  19. ArsenalMetro

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    I was agreeing with you, if that wasn't clear.
     
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  20. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    So what is it that Lichaj that has or is missing that prevented him from doing well in the PL (or returning there)?
     
  21. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

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    He's adequate at many aspects of the game, but excels at none. Not particularly fast or athletic, not particularly skilled, but not slow or clumsy either. Just not exceptional enough to be EPL quality--like much of our roster. At least that's what I remember.
     
  22. Sufjan Guzan

    Sufjan Guzan Member

    Feb 13, 2016
    I know USMNT discussion is a no-no, but I feel like Lichaj would be super valuable for CONCACAF WCQ. He's a solid pro. He's versatile. Has leadership.

    I think with the right team he could be an EPL player, it's just a matter of continuing to get that experience so he can make up for athletic deficiencies.
     
  23. Sebsasour

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    Forest pummel Ipswich 3-0. They survive on a goal differential of just 2. Lichaj went 90
     
  24. ArsenalMetro

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    Never in doubt. ;)
     
  25. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    and now we ponder where he's going next
     

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