Last Updated: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:49
Brad Guzan believes increased competition for places at Aston Villa will lead to improved performances on the pitch in the new season.
The Villans have struggled in the transfer market thus far, with manager Paul Lambert forced to work to a tight budget due to the club being put up for sale by owner Randy Lerner.
The American is reluctant to put any more money into the side and Lambert has therefore been forced to bring in players on the cheap, with Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos arriving for nothing, while Kieran Richardson cost a nominal amount.
Despite a lack of new faces, and with plenty of departures expected before the end of the summer, Guzan is upbeat on Villa's chances of bettering their last two finishes of 15th in the Premier League this term.
"The last few seasons haven't been easy because we haven't had the same resources as other clubs with bigger squads," the United States keeper told The Sun.
"But when we are on top of our game we're exciting to watch and capable of beating anyone.
"We have the basis of a team our fans can be proud of again. Competition raises the bar for a club and I can see that happening to us next season."
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