Should Shay Given stay or be sold?
Straight off the bat I’d like to share my opinion, and I think we should look to keep him. After his performances in the Euro’s with Ireland though I’ve seen plenty of people criticising our number one, and suggesting that we might be better off selling the keeper.
Twitter is always an interesting place, and it was no different yesterday as the Ireland game was on and Shay was clearly struggling. He might have done better with the first one and almost instantly a range of comments varying from ‘this is worrying’ to ‘get rid!’ started to pop up on my timeline. Some looked to blame him for the second but I don’t think he was completely at fault. Anytime a ball travels through two sets of legs a keeper is always going to struggle. He then made a worldy save in the second half and predictably the good feelings towards Shay returned. Always amusing.
What do you all think? I’m genuinely interested because he does seem to really divide opinion. Looking at the pros and I still maintain that on his day he’s one of the finer keepers in the Premiership. He was up there with our players of the year last season and played a huge part in us staying up with THAT save against West Brom. He appears to be a good teammate and is a popular figure with the fans.
Looking at some cons and some fans believe that he may not be the keeper he once was. He does look a little sluggish at the moment; or rather not fully fit but some view this as a worrying sign. He’s also had his injury problems with Villa, missing a number of games as Guzan came in. He’s also 36 and although this isn’t especially old for a keeper some would prefer to look at a younger player. There are also a number who maintain that he doesn’t command his box well, with set-pieces a particular area of concern.
He’s on a long term contract, and probably on a decent wage and has already been linked with a move to QPR this summer. Personally speaking I’ve said I’d like to keep him, and in an ideal world have him hand over the number one shirt to reserve keeper Siegrist in a few years.
What are your thoughts though? Would you keep him here or sell him if offered the chance? Any ideas on possible replacements were he to move on?
It’s a really interesting subject in my eyes, and as mentioned I’d love to hear what some of the fans think.
Let us know!