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Staunton: Great competition between Bennett and Lichaj at left-back

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Staunton: Great competition between Bennett and Lichaj at left-back

By Paul Brown

Steve Staunton is relishing seeing the battle between Joe Bennett and Eric Lichaj for the left-back spot at Villa.

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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By @AVFCOfficial 15th October 2012
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