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When Will They Realise He's Great?

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Listening to commentators and players during and after the game on Sunday you'd be forgiven for thinking that Shay Given is a new kid on the block.

The way that they have all been falling over themselves it would seem that they all had previous doubts about his ability but now feel the need to back track with, 'I knew all along quotes' such as, 'You know what Given is a magnificent keeper,' and 'He's PROBABLY up there with the best' shows there' still an inkling of doubt at the back of there minds.

So lets set the record straight. Every time City play badly (or the other team just play better) there is but one man who bails them out. The unassuming Irishman only signed in January has saved the Blues on so many occasions he must be wondering why he's not been given a super hero nickname.

For example, the Birmingham City game is the most recent with a raft of saves and an all important penalty stop which helped City move into the Champions' League places.

When will people realise that this keeper is a special player and undoubtedly world class. He spent a decade at Newcastle producing the same performances week after week and when he eventually left amidst the Ashley farce guess what happened? They were relegated.

So who is better than Given. If we look at the upper echelons of the goalkeeping charts the same names come up time and time again.

In the Premier League, Edwin Van Der Sar's powers are waning and Czech makes errors at key moments for club and country. Reina at Liverpool is a similar keeper to Given but has done the business as long as the Irishman.

In Seria A, previous world number one Dida at Ac Milan has had a torrid time of late producing below par performances and high profile errors (even as I type this he is at fault for Benzema's goal as with the last match).

Casillas of Madrid and Buffon of Juventus are widely regarded as the top two, but Buffon's powers are also on the downward spiral and Casillas has not been in sparkling form of late making costly mistakes in key games for Madrid.

Given being the man he is will never say that he is up there with the elite. In fact, recently when asked the question he replied, 'Casillas and Buffon.'

A modest gentleman of the game with a century of international caps the Irish man is without doubt the most important signing of Hughes' career to date. Without him, Hughes might just have been on his way out and knows exactly that.

So enough of the patronising commentators, managers and players alike we fans know the truth. Given is God ...sorry is as good a keeper as there is. If there's a more consistent player in world football then let's sign him up in January. Try signing him for under ten million too!

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Date:Wednesday November 4 2009

Time: 6:08PM

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Top article. Seamus is close to being the greatest keeper in the world at this time.
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04/11/2009 18:15:00

Good article Lando78, I'd have Shay Given down as the 3rd best goalkeeper in the world after Inter Milan's Julio Cesar and Juventus's Gianluigi Buffon in my opinion.
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04/11/2009 18:35:00

I have been impressed with Inter's keeper too like Reina of Pool. Buffon has been at the top for years so full respect to him. It's the Bianchi neck-warmers than let them down though.
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04/11/2009 18:48:00

Lando78 - Like you say Pepe Reina is also a top keeper, people seem to easily forget this when they refer to Liverpool as a 2 man team of Gerrard and Torres.
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04/11/2009 18:58:00

I reckon you lot are getting carried away!
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04/11/2009 21:15:00

I think hes got a point. Hes up there with the very best. I still rate Casillas and Beffon ahead though as both have done it at the higest level for many years club and country. And as for Casillas making errors who wouldnt playing unfront of there defence. Hes been the unsung hero of Madrid (and Spain)s teams over the last 10 years. Hes magnificent. Theres certainly no better keeper in the prem though than Shay.
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04/11/2009 21:51:00

Oh absolutely, you lot are working yourselves into a frenzy here..
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05/11/2009 03:11:00

i guess you guys aint used to seeing players do great in your colours so it's dreamland for y'all...get used to it(as long as you have sheikh mansour of course).
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05/11/2009 04:44:00

At the moment I would put Given behind Cech and Reina, but he's just surpasses VDS and he has always been slightly better than Friedel. He still has a bit to go before he reaches the level of Buffon (World number one, no doubts, see his save against Maccabi Haifa for confirmation of that) Casillas (dodgy season but still fantastic), Valdes (under-rated, but he is fantastic) and Julio Cesar. Still though, he is clearly one of the top keepers in EPL and if you ever want to break into the top four that is the place to start
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