Shay Given has spent almost his entire career at Newcastle United, and is the best goalkeeper ever at the club, shading Ronnie Simpson, who after leaving Newcastle in 1960 went on to Celtic and Scotland fame.
Shay Given – in brilliant form this season
Kenny Dalglish brought Shay in from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1997 for £1.5M, one of the best buys ever for the club. But despite Shay’s undoubted quality, he has yet to win any trophies at the forever underachieving Tyneside club.
Newcastle are again in crisis after manager Kevin Keegan resigned last Thursday evening, and Trapattoni, the new manager of Ireland, believes the player is wasting his career at St James Park.
The Italian coach who won honors at Juventus, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich, believes that Given is a truly world-class goalkeeper, and has advised Serie A clubs to try to take the goalkeeper to Italy.
“I would recommend Italian clubs to buy Shay Given from Newcastle,” “He resembles Gianluigi Buffon and I am not exaggerating when I say this.”
“He is a born goalkeeper and there is a vacancy for players like this in Serie A.”
Given will be gaining his 89th cap tonight when Ireland take on Montenegro in their second World Cup 2010 qualifier, and there’s no doubt Shay is back to his brilliant best this season, after two years of suffering through groin injuries.
But Shay is settled in Newcastle, so we think there’s very little chance of him moving from the club, and we expect he will be playing until he’s almost 40 years old, another 8 seasons.