Alan Shearer talked about Shay Given last night on BBC Match of The Day, and he left nobody in any doubt about how valuable he thinks Given is to Newcastle United.
Alan Shearer – losing Given would be huge Newcastle loss
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has come out and said that Newcastle just cannot afford to lose their goalkeeper Shay Given in January.
While the reports are hazy, there could be significant interest from both Manchester City and Spurs in the January transfer window and last week Shay gave a come on to those clubs by saying he would need to reconsider his position at the club.
Shay doesn’t see the club moving forward anytime soon, and he cannot have been impressed so far in January since it looks like manager Joe Kinnear will be given no money to strengthen a weak squad, but will have to wheel and deal with some fringe players he has. However, there’s still time for Newcastle to do some good business this month.
Alan said last night:
“Losing Shay would be a huge loss,” “They can’t afford to let him go.”“They have Steve Harper who is a great goalkeeper but because of the points that Shay saves you, you can’t let him go.”
But we’re sure some at the club think that now may be a good time to sell, if they can get around 10M for him because that could fund two or three plauyets in that will strengthen the overall squad.
And although Steve Harper may not be as good as Given, he’s a very capable goalkeeper who could come in and do a good job for the club through the end of the season.
On Fox Soccer Channel yesterday former Newcastle player Warren Barton said he thought it would be a good time to sell Shay if they could get a decent price for him.
Warren was introducing the Newcastle – West Ham game and was asked whether he thought it would be a good deal for Newcastle.
By the way Warren is a great advertisement for Newcastle, as he said yesterday the only thing he misses about football is when he used to stand in the tunnel at St. James’ Park waiting to come out onto the field. He always talks about Newcastle fans being great and the Tynesede club being a very special club.
He’s so positive about his time on Tyneside – which is great to hear – and he’s doing a great job over here in the US as he introduces the Premier League games. Yes – he also went for a Newcastle win yesterday.