The Mail today provided the news that has rumoured for the last 4 weeks or so.
There is a reason I never stopped following Brad Guzan on Twitter, a little bird had rumoured he would be staying. I welcome the news that he will stay, Brad should have never gone and was treated unfairly last season. He is more than solid, he knows the club and is an easy signing. I do have worries that not much cash is available as shown by ‘value transfers’ for the first three, we will see.
Now I am sure that Guzan would have had plenty of opportunities to be a regular starter. Has he come back to us because 1) it is easy or 2) he may start a fair few more games. Shay Given is an interesting keeper. He is obviously a very very good shot stopper but he simply does not command the area. Now Brad does do that and I think this is about putting much pressure on Shay who has had a bad Euro 2012. This will put the pressure on Given for sure.
With Brad back there is now a question on the the progression of Ben Siegrist. He is the only Villa player in the Olympics for Switzerland and is of course the only World Cup winner we have. He is very highly rated by all who see the youth teams and he will be a fine keeper by many judges. At his age Joe Hart had a season at Shrewsbury and getting regular games. I would like him to be number two at Villa, this is not the case. I hope therefore he gets a full season on loan somewhere where he will play as first choice, he needs it.