Shay Given has been in a recent interview and admitted that if it weren’t for the Cup success he would’ve been leaving in January. Shay Given has lost his first team spot to Brad Guzan and is upset but admits that the cup games are helping heal the pain.
“It’s difficult when you don’t play,” said Given. “It is the manager who picks the team and for me, when I get the chance, it’s important I remind the manager that there is still plenty of life left in me and still plenty of years left ahead of me.
“I’m not used to this position but these cup games have been important. Had we been knocked out in the first round of the League Cup, I might not have been so happy. Sometimes you sulk about it and have bad days like all people do.
“I can’t say I’m quite happy to sit on the bench because I’m not. I want to play football, but it’s the manager’s choice and I’ve just got to try and impress him every time I get a chance.
“But Wembley is touching distance away so hopefully there are quite a few games coming up and hopefully I’ll play my part.”
I still like Given he is a great keeper, but boy has Guzan been improving. Guzan has been in great form and unfortunately there is little reason to drop Guzan especially after his Premier League games. If we reach Wembley and that’s a massive IF; I wonder if Lambert will drop Given for Guzan for the final or will Given retain his spot for his competition?
I think that if Guzan plays that is going to be it for Given and he’ll be out the door during the summer transfer window. He’ll definitely stay this season but I hope that Lambert doesn’t drop Given I’m still a major fan of his.