Report: Brad Guzan could be forced out of Aston Villa this summer

Brad Guzan

The American goalkeeper's future at the club is said to be hanging in the balance as Tim Sherwood searches for a new long-term number one.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has had to deal with the disappointment of losing his starting spot in recent weeks and now he could be facing a potential summer departure.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, new manager Tim Sherwood has begun to make enquiries about bringing in another keeper for his first full campaign in charge which, if successful, would render Guzan surplus to requirements.

Several reports have linked the club with various shot-stoppers of late, with the Daily Mail naming FC Cologne’s Tim Horn, Molde’s Orjan Nyland and Brentford’s David Button as prime targets.

The latter in fact worked with Sherwood during his time on Tottenham Hotspur’s coaching staff and, with Villa goalkeeping coach Tony Parks also known to be a big fan, the Telegraph claim that Brentford will be powerless to prevent a summer bid should their promotion bid come up short.

The resurgent Shay Given, who still has another 12 months left on his £55,000-per-week deal, is also said to have been earmarked for a mentoring role for whoever might be brought in, leaving Guzan the odd man out and needing to go on the hunt for a new home.

On the surface, it would seem like a rash decision to ship out the US international, considering the superb performances he put in during his first two seasons between the posts after claiming the number one job from Given in September 2012.

Helping save the club from relegation in back-to-back campaigns with his shot-stopping heroics, his influence had even rivalled that of Christian Benteke and had some hailing him as one of the Premier League’s leading custodians.

He had not quite lived to those standards this term, prior to the horrendous blunder in last month's 3-2 defeat at Manchester City which has seen him sit out the subsequent wins over Everton and West Ham United, but most would argue that he was far from a liability either.

Nevertheless, from Guzan’s own perspective, a move might be the better option if Sherwood does not rate him as starting material.

The former Chivas USA stopper has been bidding to earn the US national team's starting job during Tim Howard’s self-imposed international sabbatical and, with the Everton veteran returning in September, he will need to be getting regular football to ensure that his compatriot does not just walk straight back into Jurgen Klinsmann’s side.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch