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Transfer Talk: Guzan Leaving? Hearts Keeper In?

Transfer talk is in short supply at the moment, however one snippet by James Nursey in The Mirror has the link we talked about the other day (see player quotes: Click Here ) for Hearts keeper Marian Kello.

This article by James has quotes from McLeish who seems resigned to losing Guzan.

To be fair, why wouldn`t Guzan move on? He did well whilst Given was injured then got dropped straight away and, to put it bluntly, Villa is not a happy place to be right now.

McLeish said: 'We have looked at goal-keeping situations and potential No.2s in case Brad decides to leave us. Kello is in dispute with Hearts at the moment. We will try and take goalkeepers on trial first and foremost if Brad tells us he doesn't want to stay. But we'd like to keep Brad. He proved coming into the team this season he showed he can be a great goalkeeper.'

Proved he can be great and then is dropped instantly. Difficult one with keepers isn`t it? Given is a great keeper, should he automatically walk straight back into the team though? Our poll when we asked back in January was split:

Shay Given straight back in 48%
Brad Guzan has earnt right to stay in 48%
Return Given for FA Cup then decide 3%
Undecided 1%

AVFC Summer transfer talk thread: Click Here

McLeish generally on transfers for the summer: McLeish On Bosmans & Mystery Capture?

McLeish being told there IS money for 'big` fees in the summer: McLeish Preparing For Some 'Big' Summer Spending

Signed: Brett Holman

So far we have:

IN

23-year-old Spartak Moscow striker Artem Dzyuba: Young Russian Striker Linked To Villa

Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti: Click Here

Andrew Johnson: Click Here

France U21 international defender Benjamin Stambouli: Click Here

Danny Guthrie: Click Here

Heerenveen striker Bas Dost: Click Here
Bas Dost again, including quotes: Click Here

Rangers left-back Lee Wallace: click here

Former Rangers Gregg Wylde: Click Here

32-year-old Croatian International and Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic: Click Here
Forum thread: Click Here

Joe Lewis from the Posh: Villa Transfer Talk - One Keeper In, One Out?

Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones: Click Here

Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks: Click Here

Hearts keeper Marian Kello: Click Here and again with player quotes: Click Here

Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud: Click Here

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak: Click Here

Robbie Keane permanently: Click Here

OUT

Brad Guzan leaving: Villa Transfer Talk - One Keeper In, One Out? and again: Click Here

Carlos Cuellar to Valencia: Click Here

Gabby Agbonlahor to Sunderland: Click Here

James Collins to Swansea for 5million: Almost An Entire Villa Defense To Be Sold?

Richard Dunne to Sunderland: Click Here

Stephen Warnock to Sunderland: click here
Stephen Warnock to Sunderland for 2.5million: Almost An Entire Villa Defense To Be Sold?

Stephen Ireland to the New York Red Bulls: Click Here
Stephen Ireland not going: Click Here

Talks are on hold until the summer for Brad Guzan, Emile Heskey and Carlos Cuellar: Click Here

Gabby wants Emile Heskey to stay: Click Here

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 6 2012

Time: 11:20AM

Your Comments

Tough one, Brad did brill when Shay was out injured, but there is only one goalkeeping position. If Brad does go, I wish him all the best. Any good at CB Brad?
Pride of Lions
I think I will have to go against popular opinion on Shay Given. First and foremeost he is a wonderful shot stopper, has great reflexes and very rarely makes elementary errors. However I believe he is one of the reasons for our poor performance from set pieces. He simply doesn't command his box. Many goals are from within the 6 yard box. Most fans only blame a keeper when they have dropped an obvious clanger, and Shay doesnt do this very often at all. But I would rather have a keeper who dropped 5 clangers but prevented half of the set pieces finishing up in the back of the net. Guzan proved up at Stoke he is learning from his previous weaknesses. Unfortunately with Given on a 5 year contract and reportedly our highest earner, McMuppet was never going to leave his signing out. The really bad news is that another club is going to get him on a free after the years we have spent getting him to the right standard. Guzan should have been keeper as soon as Brad moved on. The club should have invested in an understudy for him and used the 3.5 transfer fee and the 18m in wages elsewhere in the team.
voiceoftheholte
I'm with you VotH, I've been concerned about Given's command of the box for sometime now. Unfortunately when it came to little Brad I really don't think we had much choice, it would have been a huge risk to go with him as our first choice keeper. Whether Given on a 5 year deal was right alternative, however, is another thing. Sadly as it is now, we're paying Brad a ridiculous 20k a week so he has to go. From what I've heard, Kello could be a great understudy.
Onemadvillafan
Not sure we need an understudy? Think we may need a bigger, more imposing keeper with an ability to command his box. I can't think of one succesful team in the modern era (Premier League years) that has had a keeper who doesn't command his defence and his box.
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