Former Goalkeeper Comments On Newcastle’s Current Situation


Shay GIven played a massive 354 Premier League games for Newcastle and in all competitions he racked up an impressive 462 total appearances for the club before he left for Manchester City in January of 2009.

He also played 134 times for the Republic of Ireland and is in Newcastle a lot and he has commented in talkSPORT on Newcastle’s transfer situation this summer.

Shay Given when at Newcastle

It’s really great we are back in the Premier League – back to the land of the living – after one season down below, but this is now a crucial transfer window for the club, as most pundits believe we need to strengthen the side significantly to do well in the coming season.

After their meeting on Tuesday night 9th May at an undisclosed location, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley said he would every last penny to Rafa to build a team ready for the Premier League.

Because we were only down below for one season our financial situation  is still quite good and because we spent nothing in the January transfer window the club should have money available to strengthen the side this summer.

This is what Shay Given has told talkSPORT:

“There’s talk of them having X amount of pounds to spend in the summer and a lot of players coming in,”

“Mangala has been linked with a move to Newcastle and I think it will be an interesting summer up there.”

“It will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley backs Benitez and they go heavy in the transfer market because they need to strengthen and to stay in the Premier League.”

“Pepe Reina has got a relationship with Rafa Benitez, so you can see the link there,”

“But Newcastle have got four or five goalkeepers who can play in the Premier League.”

“It will be interesting to see if anything happens and it will be interesting to see what happens at Newcastle, personally.”

“They are my old club and I spent a lot of time there.”

Given spent twelve and a half years at Newcastle after being signed by Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 1997 before leaving the club midway through what turned out to be a relegation season for us in 2009.

At the time he was fed up with the way Mike Ashley was running the club.

However, if Mike Ashley backs Rafa big time and lets him run the club with help of Managing Director  Lee Charnley then Newcastle United could become a successful club in the not too distant future.

That’s what we are hoping for.

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49 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll spare the repost!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d like to see us sign quality not quantity, 2 or three really good signings and not necessarily huge money ones. Starting with Cairney.

    We have good yung-uns just gagging to step up why not let them instead of taking a chance on other teams young players, especially if we lose them when the parent club decides to take them back.

    I think we should keep Mbabu, Mbemba and Haidara, at least for a season to let them show if they are worth keeping longer term.

    Is Shay still playing, believe he was last season!

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Shirebrook
    Regarding mbabu…like the player a lot,big, powerful,strong in challenge,quick….but his injuries are a major hold up….just reading he only played a bout 15 games last season…thats not to say it was just about injuries but it may well be….would be in my squad if his fitness was betta….always thought he’d make a great cb my sell.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Egb
    Agree about haidara,mbabu and mbemba

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  • AncientC

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Mbabu was nothing short of a revelation season before last. It would be difficult to understand or even accept if he was allowed to leave. Mbabu isn’t tall enough for CB in my view, but he had a stormer playing at LB.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Springy
    Aye his injuries are an issue that I hope Rafa could work in if he was to he kept. Think he missed a few games through suspensions.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Ancient

    Was he not a RB to begin with?

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  • AncientC

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    ShireBrook, supposedly Mbabu sees himself as a CB, although that may be going on information from years ago.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    He’s over 6ft,with good leap so dont think his height would be that much of a problem,when he signed i remember reading he was a rb but he had probably one of the best debuts ive seen at left back when he played chelsea….the lad is just a solid defender…if he could stay fit.

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  • martoon

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Essex Geordie Bill @2 – Shay has just been released by Stoke. I’m not sure if he wants to continue playing or not?

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  • AncientC

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    https://youtu.be/6JwfinhaeD8 Mbabu scoring for Young Boys. It looks like he is playing RB or RWB for them.

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  • AncientC

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Springy, yeah, but how much over 6 feet. Essentially 6ft nothing.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Talking of Swiss defenders. I wouldn’t mind us signing Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg. Prob out of our price range though

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Mbabu is 6’1″ tall

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  • hibbit

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Mbabu is a very good footballer but needs his own treatment room !!

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  • AncientC

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Mbabu isn’t 6′ 1. That is more than half an inch added.

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  • AncientC

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Mbabu isn’t even 6ft 0.1 inches.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Some highlights of mbabu,showing great pace https://youtu.be/x9s_ztJp26k

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  • AncientC

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Being (helping Mbabu out by rounding off) 6′ 0.5 tall, would make a lot of managers uncomfortable about a player at CB.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Some of the great italian defenders were less then 6ft or about 6ft. .so think 6ft is enough but he looks like he’s hapoy at right back tbh

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #21

    Happy even#

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #22

    My bad calculated at 185 not 184.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Mbabu is 8ft tall and fires thunderbolts out his arze

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #24

    The list of players retained or let go should be doin the rounds before to long so that should interesting…as will this transfer window.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    Being tall isn’t an indication of how good a player is at jumping, we had a very tall midfielder last season who was hopeless in the air.

    OneAlan, have to confess I didn’t know that fact about him, would that be allowed under FA regs,

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #26

    And hopefully under the new Rafa regime, fitness will not be such an issue as previously so the likes of Mbabu and Aarons will get a full seasons playing in.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Egb
    Hahaha…..would u keep mbabu to challenge yedlin for the right back spot,we know rafa likes to change the side when feels its needed so the lad would get playing time… that would allow sterry to go out on loan

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Would like see aarons get a full season…we need pace and creation in wide positions and if he could get up and running its less money to spend…. but like mbabu,fitness is the key.

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  • ToonRich

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Wheres all the talk about Mbabu come from…have i missed an article somewhere?!!

    I’m happy we’re linked to a solid GK like Pepe, we need some someone to be a confirmed #1 who can bark orders at the defence and command his box. I dont feel any of our current gks do this.

    IMO the retained list could easily be ‘all available’!! Our entire squad all have a pirce, I dont see any player as irreplacable. Obviously there are a few I would keep, but would sell if the right offer was made and an upgrade could be brought in.

    I read yesterday WHU are monitoring Martials situation an Man U, £25m being mentioned…he’d be a great addition!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #30

    ToonRich

    Possibly cos I mentioned I’d like to see us keep him.

    Springy just watching that youtube clip, he seems to have bags of speed, tackles cleanly and has good ball control. I know the short videos like that tend to highlight the best bits but adding that to his Chelsea debut I reckon we”l be kicking ourselves if he’s let go.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Springy, I’d keep Sterry, and have Mbabu in sweeper type role, that’s more or less how he seems to play.

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  • ToonRich

    Jun 1, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #32

    I agree on keeping Mbabu, I was at that Chelsea game – he was immense and I can only imagine he’ll improve under the proper guidance that Rafa offers.

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  • posada

    Jun 1, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    Mbabu
    So, he’s 3cm shorter than John Terry, but twice as quick.
    Does that make a massive difference.
    Aaron Hughes was his height. SBR played him as a RB mostly.
    Hughes played a lot of games for Fulham at CB, however his CB partner was 6’5”. So, partnerships come into it.
    Had injuries but should get stronger as he gets older.
    Great qualities, but possibly he is one of those players who does not have an obvious position in the modern game that he fits into.
    What would his best position be. Right side of a back three ? But as I say if you don’t play that system where does he fit in.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 1, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #34

    Doubt Mbabu has a future with us, looked good on breakthrough but always injured plus he wants away

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #35

    Egb
    I would like mbabu to stay but theres so many factors come into it its hard to say what will happen…. agree on his pace and qualities off that clip…bit it is a clip…. I think sterry may well be loaned out if we keep gamez.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 1, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #36

    Mbabu was one of my ‘players to watch for’ when I first came on the blog. I rate him highly from his time in the Academy, where he stood at in defence.
    He generally played right back for the academy, but stepped into CB seamlessly when required. He’s even played left back, so he pretty useful to have around.
    I’d be gutted if he left, I think he has a great future.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 1, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #37

    Didn’t mbabu say that he wanted to make his move to young boys permanent?

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jun 1, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #38

    Seeing as this has become an Mbabu thread I’ll stick me oar in. He was great against Chelsea and City so the lad can clearly cut it, he’s played 24 games this season and was sent to a specialist Rafa uses or at least used at Liverpool, providing his injuries are behind him I’d be happy with him and Yedders fighting for RB. He’s also apparently the 2nd fastest player in the world behind bale?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 1, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #39

    Shire

    Could be becos he didn’t feel wanted with us, might feel differently now under Rafa and back in the big league.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jun 1, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #40

    Shirebrook
    There was something mentioned about him wanting to stay there…but if he’s gettin playing time he bound to want to stop…like most young players…if fit he could improve the squad….so we’ll just have to see how everything pans out….this dead time on the transfers is a ball ache like! Lol

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