Strange news from Shay Given, that was reported in The People Sunday paper yesterday.
Steve Harper – in goal for Newcastle on Wednesday?
The news yesterday was that our long-serving goalkeeper Shay Given expects to be in goal for Newcastle United on Wednesday against Manchester City at Eastlands.
That’s interesting, because we had hoped that Shay would not be in goal in that game for Manchester City.
Despite Manchester City’s well documented interest in the Irish International goalkeeper, a source said to be close to Shay told the People yesterday:
“Shay would take it as a personal insult if he was left out of the team to play City for any reason.”
“With Steve Harper he is Newcastle’s longest-serving player and he has never failed to give 100 per cent for the club, and that’s what he would do on Wednesday night.”
That sounds a strange statement, because if Shay is so committed to leaving Newcastle for Eastlands, and a deal as reported in several of yesterday’s newspapers, is apparently almost agreed.
So why would Shay care about whether he plays on Wednesday night or not?
It’s not a question of whether or not he would give 100%, for Newcastle, we know he would.
But if Steve Harper is going to be goalkeeper through the end of the season, it’s probably better to give him the match practice right now.
And if Shay is indeed leaving we have great confidence in Steve Harper, but he would need to get a few game under his belt to get back into the swing of things, so why wouldn’t Joe play him on Wednesday night, if it was certain Shay will leave the club by next Monday?
Shay cannot have it both ways – and Joe has to think about the players electing to stay at the club, and it looks like a deal is getting close at Newcastle for us to keep Harper for another 3 seasons on Tyneside.
So we don’t fully understand this, unless of course the deal to Manchester City is not as close as we’ve been led to believe.
Certainly it will need to be at least for £10M to persuade Newcastle to sell, and the Eastlands club have hardly enamored themselves to Newcastle with their first insulting bid of just £3M, for someone who has to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now.
What do you think?