Shay Given has come out and stated that he is desperate and will do what-ever it takes to leave Aston Villa in January. The 37-year old keeper has lost his first team spot to Guzan and now has fallen even lower down the pecking order behind young keeper Steer. What’s worse is that he is currently on a £60,000 a week contract.
“When you’ve played virtually every game throughout your career it’s difficult – especially when you think you should still be playing,” Given said.
“I’m disappointed I’m not involved and I’ll just train hard until January and hope something comes up.” – Shay Given
McLeish was the manager that brought in the experienced keeper and offered him a 5-year deal. Currently, it’s hard to find a Premier League side that may be willing to offer him an escape route. Whether or not he accepts a dramatic wage deduction, Given will still cost a lot of money for some clubs. Given has had a terrific career and some claim he is still one of the best keepers in the Premier League. Given was linked with a move to Liverpool during the summer transfer window, however that loan deal fell apart because Aston Villa want to sell Given permanently.
I do feel for Given, he was superb and arguably helped us survive in the Premier League in 2012, but ever since Euro 2012 he has struggled. I do want to see Given playing in the Premier League, but as of now, I’m not seeing many clubs interested in a new keeper.