Nottingham Forest began their 2017/18 Championship campaign in ideal fashion by beating Millwall on the opening weekend of the season.
The Reds narrowly avoided relegation from the second tier last season, needing a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town on the final day of the campaign to retain their status ahead of Blackburn Rovers, who went down on goal difference.
Yet optimism has been somewhat renewed over the summer despite the sale of star striker Britt Assombalonga to Middlesbrough, and the East Midlands outfit duly delivered by beating Neil Harris’ newly-promoted side 1-0 at the City Ground, with summer signing Barrie McKay’s first half goal enough for all three points.
And with victory over Shrewsbury Town in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, things are certainly looking up for Warburton and his side, although there is speculation surrounding the future of one of their most influential defenders, namely Eric Lichaj.
The United States international was named the club’s Player of the Season last term but sees his contract run out at the end of the current one, and reports have suggested that Barnsley are looking at the 28-year-old as a possible replacement for Huddersfield-bound Andy Yiadom.
Yet Warburton has moved to quash the speculation on Friday, stating that ‘he is a talented player, he was player of the year last season and he is a part of our squad’, and news of the speculation and the manager’s comments have stimulated quite a response from Forest fans on Twitter.
And it’s fair to say that several of them are hoping that Lichaj stays at the City Ground beyond the August 31 deadline…
I wouldn’t allow Eric Lichaj to leave. The modern game is a squad game & he’s worth keeping for that. #NFFC
— OwenBabyBull23 (@OwenBabyBull23) August 11, 2017
No way we should even contemplate it. We need him. There are other players who we can let go who are far less valuable.
— Michael White (@M77Whitey) August 11, 2017
He’s the best left back at the club!!
— Brow 19 @ DWealthall (@DWealthall) August 11, 2017
We can’t let Lichaj leave as that leaves no proper cover at RB again…don’t suppose he’s thrilled to not be playing, though…#nffc
— Hannah Forest (@hannahforest) August 11, 2017
Once again Lichaj is your average run of the mill championship player, would not lose sleep if he left, harsh reality for some #NFFC fans
— Forest (@A71259231A) August 11, 2017
He’s Forest through and through, get him signed up @MarkWarburton9
— Martyn Scott (@Martyns5) August 11, 2017
I would not blame him if he left he has Famly to support and bills to pay I just don’t understand how much more he has to do get new deal
— jayson warner (@j_warner3) August 11, 2017
There will be riots if Lichaj leaves #NFFC
— James Taylor (@jamesiantaylor) August 11, 2017