Strikers have goal droughts, other outfield players suffer loss of form and that's all that Joe Hart is going through.
There has been plenty of talk about Joe Hart’s form this season, even more so after he had a poor display against European Champions Bayern Munich in Manchester City's 3-1 defeat at Eastlands, a loss where Hart was beaten at his near post… twice.
Many thought that on both occasions the goals were preventable.
Of course it hasn’t been the only episode of poor form from Hart this season, he had a bit of a howler against Scotland when he failed to handle James Morrison’s powerful strike at Wembley – and the role he played in Manchester City’s 3-2 defeat against Cardiff City has also come into question.
In this morning’s Daily Mirror, Robbie Savage suggested that Joe Hart should play the remaining crucial England World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, and after that Celtic’s Fraser Forster should be given the opportunity to stake his claim to be England’s number one goalkeeper.
But the concept of Manchester City signing another goalkeeper as competition - as suggested by Savage - seems flawed. If City go and sign another goalkeeper who even remotely looks as if he could be the number one at the club, there is going to be a few clubs sniffing around Hart who would want his services.
Id never advocate hanging your goalkeeper out to dry by dropping him after a bad game, it can really knock their confidence in the long-term, whereas if you keep playing them, it displays a huge degree of faith.
Will he be prepared to be sat on the bench if there is another club who wants him to go straight into the starting line-up? That’s doubtful.
He is a top class keeper, who like any other footballer is probably going through a pretty poor spell. And when he returns to some very good form, people will be wondering why they ever doubted him.
Hart has shown superb individual performances since breaking into the City set-up and, after all, form in temporary, while class is permanent.
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