Brad Guzan joins Middlesbrough FC

Middlesbrough FC signed their second goalkeeper of the summer transfer window, as Brad Guzan joined from Aston Villa.

Brad Guzan joins Middlesbrough FC

The USA international joined on a free transfer, despite reportedly having a year left on his deal at Villa Park. Guzan has signed a two-year contract and is Boro’s ninth signing, since winning promotion back to the Premier League.

It’s an interesting signing by Aitor Karanka, who opted to bring in Guzan, despite having signed Victor Valdes in July and also having experienced Greek goalkeeper, Dimi Konstantopoulos on the club’s books.

Guzan, who is 31 years old, played a total of 170 games for Aston Villa, having joined from Chivas USA in 2008 and is an experienced international, having represented USA 50 times to date. Therefore, having played in the Premier League for a number of years and featured at tournaments such as the Copa America, Guzan brings plenty of experience to the Riverside Stadium, at the top level of the game.

Guzan, who is 31 years old, played a total of 170 games for Aston Villa, having joined from Chivas USA in 2008 and is an experienced international, having represented USA 50 times to date. Therefore, having played in the Premier League for a number of years and featured at tournaments such as the Copa America, Guzan brings plenty of experience to the Riverside Stadium, at the top level of the game.

However, although last season was mainly one to forget for Guzan, he did enjoy good times at Aston Villa and won the player of the season award for the 2012/13 season. Furthermore, he was a strong presence in the dressing room at Villa Park and is a player who is vocal, which will be good for those in the Boro dressing room, who have little experience of playing in the Premier League - something that william hill promo explained.

In terms of playing ability, Guzan is a good shot stopper and is capable of making great reflex saves. His weakness comes on crosses, having dropped a few for Aston Villa last season and he is capable of making the odd mistake, which again was highlighted last season. Having said that, Guzan was playing under mounting pressure and abuse from the stands at Villa Park and will not receive the same treatment, when stepping out at the Riverside.

Guzan would not have joined Boro if he did not feel he had what it takes to be the clubs number one next season. Victor Valdes was the obvious choice to start in goal on the 13th August against Stoke City but things have changed slightly, with the arrival of Guzan. Competition for places is a good thing and should keep every goalkeeper at the club on their toes. In the Premier League, players cannot afford to relax and assume they will be playing every week, whatever their performance level.

The signing of Brad Guzan, means whoever plays between the sticks on the opening day of the Premier League season better play well because someone is waiting in the wings to take their place.

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