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Guzan Up For Challenge

Martin O'Neill has said that Brad Guzan is still up for the challenge of proving himself in the Premiership.

The manager admits it will take Guzan a while to adapt to the 'English style' of play if he has a work permit accepted, but he's convinced Guzan has what it takes to attempt it.

"He is dead keen to come. Only time will tell if he is good enough now, but he is up for the challenge just as he was a few months ago. And he is every bit as keen this time around.

"We thought in January we were in a position to do something. It was narrowly defeated at the hearing and we are hoping his position has improved since then because of his ability to fulfil the criteria - because he has definitely played the games."




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 15 2008

Time: 3:29PM

Your Comments

It was a shame we couldnt get him in January, he would have been settled and raring to go now...
Tez86
Why are we spending money on an umproven goalie? Shouldnt we be spending money on a proven priemership goalie bearing in mind we only have one goalie at the moment ??
kentvilla
Guzan has potential and for a fee between 1m and 2m I think we can take the risk.
notthedougellisstand
I suppose it depends on who else we get Guzan would be a good understudy especially to someone like Paul Robinson or Brad Fridel
kentvilla
I think you've answered your own question, kentvilla - Guzan is surely an extremely promising understudy for a proven Prem keeper. We have to take what is a controlled risk in bringing in a mix of semi-proven young players alongside battle-hardened guys who can bring them on. In my opinion, this is the way all sensibly-run clubs will go in the future, as transfer fees rocket - unless they have bottomless pockets.
BobTheBuilder
Do you guys think there's a chance he'll go in as No 1? I'm not sure we could take the risk. I personally think Friedel would be a great buy, we could have a top quality keeper for 1-2 years and he would be the perfect coach for Guzan to learn from, especially with the American connection. I'd say Friedel's reputation in America must be outstanding.
stpaulmcgrath
it is outstanding stpaul, he has football academy's over there and is highly regarded
bobbyfett
When does the decision get made RE: the permit. What a joke anyway when we are welcoming all and sundry from Europe, parts of Africa and Asia who are just coming to sign on and live off our taxes (apologies for the politics and the political incorrectness.)
Villan444
SSN reported the fee was 750,000 for Guzan who only has 6 months left to run on his contract. For Premiership teams, its hardly much.
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
I'm worried.......he looked very average against England recently.......Robinson would have been a better bet.
bellywipes
But can you really judge someone on a 45 minutues? M'ON has seen more of him than all Villa fans, and as someone mentioned previously on another thread, he really must have seen something in Guzan to come back for him. At the reported price as well, i dont think there is much risk involved as well.
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
Why all this talk of Guzan being an understudy to Friedel,Robinson,Green etc????......What has Stuart Taylor done wrong to not be given the chance to stake a claim.I think given a chance he would have done a better job than Carson last year.
happyvillan
happyvillan - someone at the club doesn't thinks so.
myleftfoot
i agree, taylor deserves a chance. he has done well when called upon
ric112
i can't understand why Taylor has not been given a shot, although there was some talk about Carson having something in the loan deal that said he had to play if fit. sounds weird, but a couple of the guys here mentioned this. i think Friedel may come, which is good for Guzan, who has a really good attitude.
leftfoot
And they're both Yanks as well. "Oh right, high five!"
Villan-in-Cyprus
The way i look at it, he seems to be slowly replacing Howard who has been USA's number 1 for a while now and he does a great job for Everton. This suggests that he is as good as him or maybe better and i certainly wouldn't mind Howard for us. While he 'adapts' to the premiership Talor is a decent keaper. I would be very happy with Guzan.
overlooked_villan
Taylor supposedly had a "mare" last night, which would answer our questions about why MON shows no faith in him. Guzan would be great as Friedels #2 for a season or two.
romanianvillain
Guzan deserves the opportunity, hopefully he will be granted a permit. As for our immediate number one though? No way, He still has a lot to do, a lot of learning and developing his game. He doesn't need to be thrown in the deep end.
glensider
Taylors no better/no worse than Carson ever was, but sadly we need someone a lot more convincing. He didn't play well at Lincoln, no romanianvillain, but with that defence in front of him, that was hardly surprising.
glensider
M'ON has had two years with Taylor now, if he thought Taylor was good enough to be number 1, he would have played him rather than Sorenson in his first season, and not sign Carson a loan deal to be number one last season. I think M'ON see's Taylor as number two, and nothing else. If he does sign an experienced GK to be number 1, then Taylor's future at Villa may just be as third choice keeper.
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
This keeper is pure class
Adilson
I disagree JOHN.CAREWS.CREW, you have to show faith in your starting keaper when you join a club. MON may not have known how good (or bad) Sorenson was. To build his confidence again he would need a few games starting. Talor will be up for the challenge for a few games. Having said that i cant see him keaping Guzan out of the side for long
overlooked_villan
Surely if Taylor is just there to be a number 3 then he would be better off out of here.But I kind of agree with JOHN.CAREWS.CREW because I don't see Guzan just walking into the number 1 jersey,so if MON doesn't rate Taylor then another keeper probably Friedel will have to be bought.There again maybe MON will surprise us and throw Guzan straight into the mix.
happyvillan
 

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