Tim Sherwood discusses Mark Bunn's chances of replacing Brad Guzan as Aston Villa's No. 1

Guzan has already been benched once by Sherwood last season after seeing his form drop off dramatically in 2015.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has given his backing to under-fire goalkeeper Brad Guzan ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Swansea City but has refused to rule out understudy Mark Bunn’s chances of replacing him in the line-up going forward.

A goal-gifting error in the weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea was just the latest in a long line of mistakes from Guzan since last season, when he lost his place to the Shay Given for the run-in after a previous blunder in April’s 3-2 loss at Manchester City.

The 31-year-old American has since regained the starting job following Given’s summer move to Stoke City but, with his form showing no signs of improvement, the Villa boss could be prompted to turn to new backup Bunn.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Sherwood seemed to hint that he would be sticking with Guzan for the time being but he admitted that a change between the posts is not out of the question.

“I think it’s always a decision the manager has to make,” he told reporters. “We’ve got other good goalkeepers here as well.

“Jed [Steer] is out on loan at the moment but it’s a decision I need to consider because if you don’t consider it there is no point in the other goalkeepers being here.

“We’re all in it together, we all make mistakes as managers, players and coaches as one. I have confidence in Brad Guzan.”

Former Norwich City keeper Bunn joined Villa on a two-year deal in July after his contract at Carrow Road expired but, despite going on to produce a handful of solid pre-season performances, it remains to be seen whether he would prove an upgrade over Guzan.

The 30-year-old has some previous top-flight experience from covering for an injured John Ruddy during the 2012-13 campaign but has otherwise seen little first-team football in recent seasons, having failed to make a league appearance since April 2013.

A shaky competitive debut for Villa in August’s 5-3 Capital One Cup win over Notts County did not inspire much confidence either but, with the promising Jed Steer out on loan at Huddersfield Town until mid-November, the ex-Blackburn Rovers man remains next in line to step into the side should Guzan be dropped.

Sherwood was also full of praise for the summer signing during his press conference, insisting that he has made a positive impression during his brief time at the club and is pushing his American counterpart for the No. 1 job.

“He’s done well. It’s a tough decision," the Villa boss added. "These guys can only play in one position but I have to consider him because he’s a goalkeeper at this football club who’s come here not just to sit on the bench every week.

“When I think it’s right to make that change I’ll be making it. He’s at the club because he’s a player I can call upon, so I wouldn’t have a problem with that.

“A lot of goals come from human error and unfortunately it was Brad’s turn last week, but I’m sure he’s got the confidence to put it right.”

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