When Nottingham Forest sold Eric Lichaj this summer it came as something of a shock to some of the fans at the City Ground. Reportedly leaving for a fee in the region of just £400,000, Forest had allowed one of their longest serving and most consistent players to leave on the cheap.
However, it was clear Aitor Karanka saw a future in which Lichaj would not feature regularly and made the decision to move him on.
Lichaj joined Hull City, who had just lost Max Clark to Vitesse Arnhem and were after full-back cover.
There is no doubt that the fans at the KCOM Stadium have been impressed. Lichaj has been a regular for the Tigers this season and, probably, been the club’s best player.
Nottingham Forest will not, however, be regretting the sale at present.
After a steady start to the campaign, Nottingham Forest have recently come to life. Unbeaten in their last seven games, they currently sit fifth in the Championship table. The likes of Saidy Janko, Jake Robinson and Tendayi Darikwa have all performed well and Lichaj is not being missed.
On top of that, despite the USA star’s good form, Hull are looking poor. Winless in five, the Tigers currently sit rock-bottom of the Championship table.
A fan favourite at the City Ground, Forest fans will hope Lichaj can avoid relegation this term. But in terms of missing him? Forest are doing just fine without.