Guzan out to prove worth
Brad Guzan is thinking more about helping Aston Villa than earning a new deal as he looks forward to making his first start at home in the league.
Last Updated: 17/12/11 12:46pm
Brad Guzan is thinking more about helping Aston Villa than earning a new contract as he looks forward to making his first start at home in the Premier League.
Guzan joined the club in the summer of 2008 but had to wait patiently for an opportunity after finding himself as back-up to Brad Friedel and, this season, Shay Given.
Given suffered a hamstring injury in the clash with Manchester United earlier this month to finally provide Guzan with an opportunity to impress, and he is set to have a run in the side over the next few weeks.
Having featured in the win over Bolton last weekend, Guzan is relishing the prospect of walking out in front of his own fans against Liverpool on Sunday.
The American goalkeeper's current deal expires at the end of the season and talks have begun over an extension, but his main concern is not personal stability but the welfare of the team.
Having spent such a long time on the substitutes' bench, Guzan wants Villa to know they have a stand-in who will not let anyone down.
"The club has spoken to my agent, but to me it's not about contracts," the 27-year-old said in the Daily Express.
"It's about playing well, helping the team and proving my worth. Finally and hopefully, I can prove to the fans, the coaching staff and the club the buy from four years ago wasn't a bust."
Guzan added: "Everyone wants to play first-team football and the opportunity to have a string of games. But I've been behind two of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
"My first home league start in three-and-a-half years - it's amazing. For me it's not about making world-class saves, it's about making the little things look easy.
"People don't see all the work that goes into it. Anyone can dive across the goal and make a great save but can you get there quicker, catch it and start a counter-attack which helps your team score a goal?
"You don't need to be the superstar everyone's talking about after the game. It's about being committed to the cause and stepping in without the team missing a beat."