Staunton impressed by Villa pair Bennett, Lichaj

Former Aston Villa defender Steve Staunton is a fan of their young left-backs. Staunton is relishing seeing the battle between Joe Bennett and Eric Lichaj for the left-back spot at Villa.

Former Aston Villa defender Steve Staunton is a fan of their young left-backs.

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

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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