Kevin Kilbane sends Twitter message to Shay Given after Stoke City move

The Aston Villa goalkeeper recently completed his move to the Potters.

BBC pundit Kevin Kilbane feels Stoke City have acquired a 'great signing' in Shay Given.

Indeed, the former Aston Villa goalkeeper has joined the Potters, with the transfer being confirmed in recent days, and Kilbane believes the Irishman can help influence Stoke for the better both on and of the pitch.

At 39, Given is one of the most experienced goalkeepers in football - and Stoke will certainly be getting a man with know-how ahead of next season.

Good enough?

With experience and age, though, comes a natural decline in ability and reflexes. And, while there are those firmly on Given's side, plenty criticised the Aston Villa goalkeeper last season.

The Irishman, in fact, is quite a divisive figure on social media, with many praising him but an awful lot of critics singling out his increasing amount of errors when it comes to crosses and positioning.

Stoke supporters, though, appear pleased on the whole as Given should provide plenty of experience as a no.2.

As a no.1, things are less certain for the former Aston Villa shot stopper. But Mark Hughes' recruitment thus far at Stoke suggests he can certainly be trusted in the market...

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