Alan Curbishley's bizarre choice for Aston Villa's unsung hero of the season

Brad Guzan

The pundit has picked out one Villa player as his 'unsung hero' of the campaign so far.

Alan Curbishley has picked Brad Guzan out as Aston Villa's unsung hero of the season so far, according to the Premier League's official website.

Indeed, Curbishley picked Jordan Ayew out as Villa's best player but plumped for the American goalkeeper in this category.

He suggests Guzan has been 'over-worked' by a lack of support from his defenders.

Curbishley told the Premier League site: "I've got to go for Brad Guzan. The fact he's been exposed so many times and made some great saves. He's let some poor ones go in but he's been very much over-worked."

Unfortunately, logic doesn't follow here.

In Curbishley's defence, he had to pick someone. And the argument Guzan has been over-worked certainly makes sense in that other goalkeepers will have been given far more help by their defenders.

But the whole point of an 'unsung hero' is it's someone who has gone unnoticed doing well and working hard. Guzan has been noticed - for all the wrong reasons.

Suggesting the Aston Villa shot stopper is an unsung hero because other players in the team have been as bad as him also doesn't make much sense. Perhaps Villa fans will agree with Curbishley? The more likely scenario is Curbishley has done a half-time season review... without actually watching Aston Villa's season.

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