News today that Newcastle are considering a shock move to bring back their former goalkeeper Shay Given to Tyneside on loan.
Shay Given – while at Newcastle for 12 years
While the Tyneside club still don’t know how long Steve Harper will be out, after being stretchered off with a shoulder injury on Saturday, if it’s going to be two months or so, it leaves Newcastle with only Ole Soderberg as back up to Tim Krul, and if Tim gets injured that would be a problem.
And Chris Hughton is unable to call back Frazer Forster from his loan at Celtic, so the news is that Hughton is ready to ask City to let them borrow Given until Harper recovers.
But hey, what happens to Tim Krul if this news is true?
The 22 year-old has waited patiently for his chance on Tyneside, and should be given that chance while Steve Harper recovers, and what we need is an experienced back-up to Tim, should he be injured.
If Newcastle bring in Shay Given on loan, it would be a terrible statement to the youngsters at Newcastle, that they will not be given their chance, and we cannot believe this story is completely true.
If it is then young Tim will not be happy at all, and we wouldn’t blame him.
What Newcastle may be doing is since Shay is now on the bench at the Eastlands club, presumably now number two behind new England goalkeeper Joe Hart, they may be enquiring about Shay should Tim Krul be injured.
And if Tim is injured then Shay could come in for the next game, and play until Tim and/or Steve are fit again. That would make some sense.
But the future at Newcastle is now Tim Krul and not Shay Given, and that’s no slight on Shay, who was tremendous for the Newcastle club for 12 years and 468 games.