Pep Guardiola’s mandate for his Goalkeepers is that they come off their line and deal with balls in behind the defence. They are known as ‘Sweeper Keepers’. This style of goalkeeping is an essential part of the Guardiola philosophy.
Joe Hart isn’t a Sweeper Keeper and for the second time this week Joe Hart has been confined to the Manchester City bench. So, has Joe Hart’s time at Manchester City comes to an end?
I wonder, where next for England’s Number 1?
The top sides in the division have established Number 1’s; David De Gea, Petr Cech, Kasper Schmeichel, Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois are all guaranteed to start every game at their retrospective clubs.
Liverpool already has Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet fighting for the number 1 shirt at Anfield.
Everton has shown interest, however, after Stekelenburg performance against Spurs. I believe, he’s has established himself as Everton’s man between the sticks.
Southampton has Fraser Forster, who I expect to start for England against Slovakia next month in front of Joe Hart.
Joe’s choices are limited and in my opinion, Joe needs to move abroad. The big clubs in Europe would benefit greatly from the experience of Joe Hart. Especially, those teams in the Champions League. Joe Hart is a big game player, he often kept Manchester City in games throughout their European exploits.
Moreover, Joe himself would benefit from European football. He would be able to play his football without anyone really taking notice. This would give him the chance to gain back the confidence he has lost over the last 18 months.
A team like Paris Saint-Germain would be a good choice. I believe the experience and quality Joe Hart has would greatly benefit PSG.
You could also look at a couple of the Serie A teams; AC Milan has Gianluigi Donnarumma, a player destined for greatness. He would definitely benefit from Joe’s goalkeeping expertise. Also, he could move to Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon is 38 and Juventus could do with a long term replacement. However, Joe would have to wait for Buffon to move aside and that might never happen.
I hope, whichever club Joe Hart go’s too, we start to see the Joe Hart from the 2011/12 season. I hope he shows everybody that he’s England’s number 1 on merit and not on sentiment.
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