Bradley Guzan

Name:
Bradley Guzan
Nationality:
American
Date of Birth:
09/09/1984
Height:
6' 4" (193cm)
Weight:
14st 13lbs (95.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Hull (loan), Hull (loan),
Position:
Goalkeeper


Brad Guzan had another consistent season in claret and blue.

The USA stopper was Villa's No.1 throughout the 2014-15 term until the closing weeks.

Guzan was our man between the sticks for the Barclays Premier League, only missing out when Shay Given came in as cup keeper.

But boss Tim Sherwood, who arrived in February, went with Given in the final matches.

Guzan made an uncharacteristic error in the 3-2 defeat to Man City at the Etihad Stadium, gifting the ball to Sergio Aguero in the opening minutes.

And Sherwood elected to go with Given for the next match - against Everton as well as games against West Ham, Southampton and Arsenal.

Jed Steer played against Burnley - but only to protect Guzan, who might have played in the FA Cup final had Given not recovered from a groin injury.

Despite losing his place in the latter stages, Guzan still proved his worth with some fine saves throughout the campaign.

And the USA international's personality proved a positive influence on claret and blue matters at Bodymoor Heath.

Guzan was forced to play a waiting game before swapping the Windy City of Chicago for the West Midlands.

He looked set to join Villa in January 2008 only for the transfer to be put on hold when he was refused a work permit.

But manager Martin O'Neill was determined to get his man and nearly eight months later he put pen to paper after his application was accepted.

He almost left Villa but Paul Lambert resigned him in July 2012.

His highlight in claret and blue remains his penalty-saving heroics against Sunderland on the way to the 2010 League Cup final.

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