Staunton: Great competition between Bennett and Lichaj at left-back
Staunton was brilliant in that role during two spells in claret and blue between 1991-98 and 2000-2003.
And the former Republic of Ireland international has seen enough of Bennett and Lichaj to know the tussle for the role will be fierce.
The 43-year-old is a big fan of both players.
He told AVTV: "Eric has come through the ranks and he's done very well. I've been impressed with him.
"I know he's mainly a right-back but he's looked comfortable on the left too.
"Young Joe has come in from Middlesbrough and he looks a terrific prospect too.
"He's got a lovely left foot and a bit of pace, which I wouldn't know anything about!
"He's done well. I watched him against West Brom and he looked good. That will fire up the competition at left-back.
"You need that. Competition is essential at any club. If you haven't got it players get complacent."
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