Given is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland which has deprived him of the chance to clarify his situation at club level, following the heavy defeat in the FA Cup final at the hands of Arsenal.
Given has revealed that he hopes one of the players Sherwood is looking to bring in is not a new goalkeeper.
“I hope so, I haven’t sat down with the gaffer yet or anything – We’ll obviously sit down in pre-season and have a chat and see what he’s thinking for next season, I know he wants to bring his own players in but I don’t know if one of them is a goalkeeper,” he said.
Given was in and out of the side inconsistently last season, but he guarantees an experienced head at the back of the team when he does feature.
He has the ability to be able to quickly organise the back four to deal with the danger he sees in front of him while also providing a safe option in terms of handling and distribution.
If Sherwood does draft in a new goalkeeper, it will most likely force Given to see his immediate future away from Villa Park.
The other alternative is for him to retire but based on the comments he gave to the radio station, that doesn’t seem like a potential option and it’s important he can clarify things with Sherwood sooner rather than later.