It just shows you how quickly things can change in football when Tim Krul will be in goal for Newcastle at Manchester City on Sunday, and Shay Given will be on the bench.
Shay Given - on the bench on Sunday?
Tim was just coming through the ranks at Newcastle when he witnessed the fight for the number one jersey between good friends Shay Given and Steve Harper.
And that camaraderie seems to have continued between Steve and Tim at Newcastle right now.
Tim Krul is getting his chance at Newcastle, after Steve’s unfortunate shoulder injury, and he will start for Newcastle at Eastlands on Sunday, but Joe Hart is likely to be in the opposing goals, and not Shay, as Robert Mancini has preferred the 23 year old to the Irishman this season.
Tim told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“I watched the competition between Given and Harper from close range back then.” “Harper had to wait an incredibly long time before he finally became first-choice custodian.”
“Given was always fit, and if he had picked up a minor knock, he would start all the same.” “Even a broken thumb did not prevent him from starting games. It must have been a frustrating experience for Harper. To be quite honest, I never asked him how he coped with that predicament.”
“I consciously signed a contract extension. It is my ambition to be the No 1 goalkeeper at Newcastle United.” “The coaching staff have every confidence in my capacities. ‘You are our future first-choice goalkeeper,’ they repeatedly assured me.”
“Stories were published about me in August, implying that I was getting restless and fancied another loan move, but I preferred to wait for my chance.”
We are assuming Shay will be on the bench on Sunday, although Joe Hart was hardly convincing last night in the 1-1 draw with Juventus in the Europa Cup.
Joe looked a bit shaky, and was responsible for allowing a long range shot in from Iaquinta, after just 10 minutes in front of the watching England manager Fabio Capello.
Shay must be a little sick at Eastlands right now, as he doesn’t even get to start the European games and will only be played presumably in the Carling Cup, as long as City stay in that competition.
The 34 year-old Shay played around 480 times for Newcastle United and has 547 total first class appearances so far in his career, and we would think Arsene Wenger should sign Shay on loan in January, if he wants Arsenal to win any trophies this season.
Of course Newcastle also have 22 year-old Fraser Forster, who played great at Norwich last season, and is currently the Celtic number one where he has already played 6 games for the Glasgow giants and kept 3 clean sheets.