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Shay Given (2011-15)

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Given's no spring chicken and as much as I'll always love him for his commitment to the Irish cause I was slightly concerned when he joined Villa for various reasons: he's a great shot stopper and has sound positional sense but his footwork lets him down and he is prone to making mistakes. I know many slated Given's overall command of his area last season but this is normally a strength of his so hopefully he'll have better control next season in a revitalised Villa line-up.

We definitely need a quality keeper waiting in the wings though as, sadly, we can't bank on our Shay staying fit for a full season at 36.

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Rumours circulating of a bid for Given from QPR! dont think this will happen to be fair as we have juts let Guzan walk out the door and Given has never been one for Club hopping

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Given still got 4 years left....... I imagine it would be a big buy out for QPR, so seems like paper trash

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If rumors are correct and Q.P.R are willing to offer the reported 3 million, I personally think that would be good business.We would have got 12 months service and would re-coup the money we paid for him.

I don't think PL would have any problems attracting a top quality keeper and spotting talent when he see's it......John Ruddy springs to mind, nobody wanted Ruddy,PL took a chance...the rest is history.

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I know he's not young, but he was probably our most consistent player last season, letting him go for 3mil when he has 4 years left would be ludicrous IMO. I'd love to get Butland and have Shay gradually more for number 1 keeper to number 2 over the next 3 or so seasons.

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given has been solid for us in the past, yes he has made mistakes but has been our saviour overall. it would be silly to let him go for a mere 3 mill in my opinion, would be better to find another keeper and if he proves to be a better quality than given then keep given as a backup for at least this season, he deserves that much at least.

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apart from his fitness anyone else here really worried about the form of Given? He is at fault directly for goals in all 3 games in the Euro's so far.

I am hoping it is cos he is not fully fit, and with a preseason under his belt should be fine for the new prem season. worrying though.

in the past even when he was sitting on the bench he was always world class once he threw on an irish jersey. i would expect him to come full circle and be fine for new season, cos he has done it consistently for years but doesnt inspire you with confidence

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