The 30-year-old goalkeeper has reportedly been put up for sale by Tim Sherwood, despite currently starring for the US national team at the Gold Cup.
The US international endured a testing end to last season, having lost his place in the starting line-up to Shay Given after a horrific gaffe in April’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester City, and rumours have since been rampant that he is heading for the exit door.
The recent departure of Given to Stoke did offer some brief hope of a reprieve, but reports now claim that Sherwood has made the former Chivas USA man available for just £3 million as he searches for a new number one [h/t Daily Mail].
Granted, Guzan’s 2014-15 season was below par in comparison to the previous two campaigns, but cutting ties with him at this point would still seem like a reckless decision after all he has shown during his time in the Midlands.
Aside from the soon-to-depart Christian Benteke, there is a strong argument to make that the 30-year-old custodian has been Villa’s most important player since 2012, having helped save the club from relegation in back-to-back seasons with his shot-stopping heroics.
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Labelled one of the Premier League’s top keepers heading into last term, that talent has not just disappeared overnight and, in fact, the 34-times capped American has been proving with the US national team of late that he could be primed for a bounce back campaign.
Handed the chance to start with Everton’s Tim Howard on a self-imposed international sabbatical until September, his performances for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side in last month’s upset friendly wins over the Netherlands and Germany, respectively, earned rave reviews and, having since carried that form into the CONCACAF Gold Cup, there have been strong calls for him to be handed the number one job for the foreseeable future.
On the cusp of his prime as a keeper, there is good reason to believe that the Chicago-native can still take his game to another level and, with a run of 108 straight top-flight starts under his belt, there are few other options on the market with the combination of his skills and experience.
What’s more, his form last season was far from terrible in the grand scheme of things, as even the likes of Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea were culpable for a few goal-costing errors over the course of their celebrated campaigns.
If Sherwood believes he can find a superior replacement then so be it but, having proven himself an elite Premier League starter in the recent past – one capable of points-saving performances, there will not be much better options than Guzan available.
With Fabian Delph gone and Benteke soon to follow, the Villa boss has more pressing transfer matters to attend to at this moment in time, while, amid the current revamping of Paul Lambert's old squad, some semblance of stability in the line-up certainly wouldn’t go amiss either.