Guzan Week: Laursen - You want people like Brad to succeed
Martin Laursen is over the moon at seeing Brad Guzan establish himself as Villa No.1.
Laursen worked with Guzan for one season in claret and blue.
And our former skipper quickly established that the stopper was both a good bloke and a good pro.
Guzan is now first-choice keeper for Villa and Laursen says it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
He said: "I am delighted for Brad that he is playing regularly in the Premier League now.
"He wasn't doing that when I was there because Brad Friedel was in such good form - and still is! Brad Friedel played every league game. He never got injured. That was amazing!
"It was difficult for Brad Guzan to get in because Brad Friedel was playing so well. But we could all see he was a good professional and he was a great goalkeeper.
"It is great to see him playing first team football now at Villa after so many years of being second goalkeeper.
"Even during his time as No.2, his role was vital, in my opinion. He brought quality to the training sessions. I am sure Brad Friedel would say that he performed well week-in and week-out thanks to Brad Guzan.
"He was very professional and worked so, so hard. He provided that competition and good work ethic in training at Bodymoor.
"People like Brad Guzan are the sort of people you want to be successful. You want them to do well. I am delighted he has a place in the team now.
"He's playing very, very well too. He shouts, he helps out his defensive players, he helps the whole team with the way he plays.
"He's very vocal and that's one of the most important things as a goalkeeper.
"He's very secure with his feet, he's a good shot-stopper, he's excellent in the air, he's superb.
"He can be Villa's goalkeeper for the next 10 years plus.
"That would be good because it creates an identity between player and club for many years.
"Even from a financial perspective, it's a great thing too because you don't have to keep going into the market to buy a new No.1 every few years.
"Everyone hopes and wants Brad Guzan to continue to do well because he's a nice guy, he's a good guy, so professional, a great goalkeeper - he's got everything there."
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