Should Manchester City be worried about Joe Hart?

He has suffered a loss of form but it's not time to panic just yet.

There comes a stage when a top class goalkeeper goes through a loss of form, and unfortunately for Joe Hart, that time has come.

His blunder against Scotland at Wembley when he failed to keep out James Morrison’s shot is still in recent memory, his display against Cardiff City however provides a punctuation mark to abject performance.

I get the feeling that this is only temporary, and a lot of people are quick to write off goalkeepers when they hit a bumpy patch – possibly because they are the last line of defence – but there are other factors that need to be considered.

The argument that he doesn’t have any real competition is daft.

First of all, where are you going to get a goalkeeper who will be commanding a decent wage playing second fiddle when they could easily be number one elsewhere? That is unrealistic.

Secondly, goalkeepers will be still be striving to improve their game in order to stay at the top – in Hart’s case it could just be a lack of early season form and there are still a few cobwebs that need to be blown away.

The other scenario is that Hart is adapting to the style of player of Manuel Pellegrini.

There is also the issue of an unsettled back four. City are not playing their first choice back four with injuries to Matija Nastasic and Vincent Kompany, while Joleon Lescott has been thrown into action along with Javi Garcia. Garcia is acting as a makeshift but changes in personnel can lead to disruption. Hart may be expecting for other players to deal with crosses, hence his shaky performance against Cardiff.

Whatever is the cause of Joe Hart’s loss of form is, long-term Manchester City need not be worried. Like anyone else, goalkeepers can suffer a loss of form, and regain it in the not too distant future.

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