Speaking to talkSPORT, Stan Collymore has admitted that he is not convinced by Aston Villa’s starting goalkeeper Brad Guzan, highlighting a worrying trait that he has noticed about the American stopper.
He said: “He came in at that time when Brad Friedel was injured and filled in well, and got the gig after that. He’s not a great number one. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but when the ball’s played back to him in open play, he’s always jittery on the ball - and that is going to give the back four jitters as well.”
Guzan has played 155 times for Aston Villa in his career in England, and has, at times, proven himself as a truly top class goalkeeper.
However, he has recently been coming under major pressure, and has failed to perform at all well this season - with criticism deservedly being directed his way.
The USA international has conceded 27 goals in just 14 Premier League appearances, but regardless of his poor form, there is almost no way Guzan will be dropped by Remi Garde due to the lack of quality of his understudy, Mark Bunn.
Collymore is certainly not convinced by Guzan, and he has noticed one especially worrying thing about the stopper when he is playing.
Guzan is incredibly uncomfortable with the ball at his feet, and fails to deal with routine balls played back towards him. Modern day goalkeepers have to be adapt at using the ball with their feet, and Guzan’s inability brings increased pressure upon both himself and his defence.
Villa have many areas of the squad which need improvement, but surely signing a new goalkeeper must be Remi Garde’s priority in the January transfer window.