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Newcastle played a masterclass with the signing of Shay Given

Saudi Arabian consortium PIF have not been shy about splashing the cash for Newcastle United in the transfer market since they completed their takeover.

They have brought in the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman, and Alexander Isak in their two windows in charge of the club so far.

One of the signings they made in the recent summer window has been a roaring success so far and that is goalkeeper Nick Pope, who was snapped up from Burnley.

The England international has kept four clean sheets in ten Premier League matches and saved an impressive 79% of the shots on his goal so far.

He is well on course to become yet another great goalkeeper that the St. James’ Park crowd has been able to enjoy over the years, joining the likes of Shay Given, Tim Krul and Martin Dubravka.

Given, in particular, was an icon between the sticks for the Magpies as he enjoyed a sublime career on Tyneside. Kenny Dalglish brought him in from Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £2m in the summer of 1997 and the Liverpool legend ended up playing a masterclass by signing the shot-stopper for Newcastle.

Whilst Dalglish left the club in 1998, the Irish goalkeeper ended up playing for the Toon Army for a whopping 12 years as he established himself as the number one for over a decade.

The 134-capped Republic of Ireland international racked up 463 competitive appearances for the club in that time and kept 132 clean sheets, playing in the UEFA Cup and the Champions League in that time.

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Shields Gazette editor Richard Mennear previously described him as a “legend” for the Magpies, whilst The Chronicle has also given him that same status in the past.

This illustrates his contributions on the pitch for the Toon over the years as he played almost 500 matches and kept over a century of shutouts, earning him iconic status.

He eventually moved on from Newcastle in 2009 as he completed a £6m move to fellow top-flight side Manchester City. This means that the club raked in a £4m profit on the initial £2m they paid for him, whilst also getting 12 years of superb service out of him.

Therefore, Dalglish played a masterclass by signing him from Blackburn in 1997 as the shot-stopper ended up being a huge success from a financial and footballing perspective during his time at the club.

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