News in the press today suggests that Manchester City manager Robero Mancini is ready to make England goalkeeper Joe Hart his number one next season.
Shay Given – first team place under severe pressure
Shay Given could be frozen out as the news is that Mancini has told England manager Fabio Capello that he will give Joe Hart every opportunity next season to be the club’s first choce goalkeeper, and there’s little doubt Joe is the future at City.
That will be a monumental battle between these two excellent goalkeepers this summer, but the truth is that both should be regular goalkeepers in the PL, and if Given is left on the bench, watch for him to move before he transfer window closes.
And Given is struggling to recover from his shoulder injury, which could give young Hart his opportunity to shine in the City goal during pre-season.
Arsenal need a decent goalkeeper, and we think that he could transform the London side, who have never had a really top class goalkeeper since David Seaman retired from football.
Given was at Newcastle for almost 12 seasons and played a massive 472 appearances for the Tyneside club, and was transferred for £6M or £8M just 18 months ago, whichever figure you want to believe, after he got fed up with the antics of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Harry Redknapp has been a long time admirer of the 104 times capped Irish International and he could also do with a goalkeeper of Given’s class at Tottenham.
Mancini would like to keep both players at City, because he believes two top class goalkeepers are necessary at any club but there’s no way Given at this stage of his career will settle for a place on the bench – and neither should he.
Given has 50 first class appearances at Manchester City right now and that figure may not increase by too much before he could leave Eastlands, although we suppose a season long-loan deal at some big club is also a possibility, so Given keeps his massive wages he’s getting at Manchester City.