Shay Given has been told by Aston Villa that he can leave the club and it’s Doncaster who is the first to move for the Irish keeper. It’s rumoured that Given is set to join Doncaster on a season-long loan and deal is set to be announced within 24 hours. Doncaster is now owned by Irish investors and have given funds for manager Paul Dickov to spend. It’s not known whether or not Doncaster is paying part of Given’s wage and also if the loan deal includes an option to buy at the end of the season.
Shay Given has lost his starting spot to Brad Guzan and with a massive wage of £50,000 a week. He simply had to go, especially since Aston Villa are cutting the wage bill. Additionally Paul Lambert has also brought in another keeper by the name of Jed Steer. I think it’s fair to say that Given did perform very well in his first season at the club. But ever since the Euro 2012, he just hasn’t been his old self. Also I think it was rather unwise of McLeish to give him a 5-year contract.