Former Arsenal and Aston Villa goalkeeper Stuart Taylor has re-signed for Manchester City, and that’s just nine days after being released by the Eastlands club.
Shay Given – position at City under threat from Joe Hart
Taylor, who is 29, made just one first-team appearance for City last term and missed the end of the season with a knee injury, when first choice at that time, Shay Given was injured.
The news is that Taylor was wanted because it’s unlikely both Shay Given and Joe Hart will not be at Eastlands together next season.
There will be a monumental battle as to which goalkeeper Stuart will back up this coming season, and who will be City’s number one.
Given is working his way back to fitness after a dislocated shoulder, and City manager Roberto Mancini has told fellow Italian Fabio Capello that Joe Hart will be his number one this season. Fabio is expected to make Joe his number one goalkeeper for England next month, and wants to ensure he will be a number one at his club.
Exactly where that leaves Shay Given is debatable, but there’s no way the 104 times capped Ireland goalkeeper will be sitting on the bench next season.
If before the end of August it becomes clear that Mancini prefers Hart, look for Given to either be sold ot to go out on loan, and surely Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger would be interested.
If he’s not then watch for Spurs’ Harry Redknapp, a long time admirer of Shay, while he performed his heroics at Newcastle for 10 seasons, to move in quickly.
The inside scoop at City is that Mancini was not too impressed with Given’s control of his penalty area, and Newcastle fans will know Shay’s strength is not collecting crosses into the box.
Joe Hart is a bigger goalkeeper at 6’3″ tall, and Mancini seems to prefer a goalkeeper who controls his box better than Shay does.
But of course Given is one of the world’s best shot-stoppers, and would be in great demand if Hart becomes number one at Eastlands.