Eric Lichaj has attracted interest from Hull City according to ESPN and the time is right to let the American full-back leave Nottingham Forest.
He has been a part of the furniture since his arrival at the City Ground in 2013 with 190 appearances.
However, the club should look at accepting any offers that come their way.
Lichaj’s season was not completely disastrous.
There were bright moments, such as his double in Forest’s fantastic 4-2 felling of Arsenal, however, he made fewer than 25 appearances for the first time since his injury hit debut season at the club.
When he played, he failed to have the impact he managed in previous seasons. His tackles and interceptions per game fell for the second consecutive year, while he failed to register an assist all season for the first time in his professional career.
At 29, Lichaj’s career has more winters left in it. This season may prove to have been a mere momentary blip. However, when faced with the option of battling to keep his services or seeking a fresh face, Aitor Karanka should go for the former. There are more important battles to focus on if this transfer window is to be a success, such as the pursuit of a proven goal scorer.
When a player has been at a club as long as Lichaj has been at Nottingham Forest, the split can be painful for both players and fans.
However, this short term pain will be worth the long term gain of a reliable full back.