Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has hailed Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan as one of the Premier League’s top shot-stoppers.
Having originally claimed the number one spot from current back-up Shay Given at the start of the 2012-13 campaign, Guzan has since established himself among the leading top-flight keepers, helping Villa avoid relegation over the past two seasons with his dominant presence between the posts.
The US international has again been in fine form this season, conceding just one goal over the first four league games, and, though the club have since suffered consecutive 3-0 defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea, before falling 2-0 at home to Manchester City on Saturday, Cudicini believes his performances have spared their blushes on several occasions.
‘He made several fantastic saves in that time,’ he told Goals on Sunday.
‘He’s been doing very well in the last three or four years, keeping them in a lot of games.
‘Obviously he had Shay Given in front of him, but he managed to get the number one jersey and since then he’s been doing fantastic for Villa.'
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While Guzan has been able to make the first-choice role at Villa Park his own, the presence of Tim Howard in the US goal since 2007 has seen him earn just 26 caps following his 2006 debut.
However, with the Everton stalwart moving to take a sabbatical from international football until September 2015, the former MLS star is the clear front-runner to claim the job for good ahead of Real Salt Lake veteran Nick Rimando.