Pressure on Joe Hart as Pellegrini targets new City goalkeeper

Joe Hart

Hart's chances of returning to the Manchester City squad took a blow today as it was announced that the manager was looking at possible replacements.

In a World Cup year players have to play, it’s that simple, and the misery for Joe Hart looks set to continue after it was announced that Manuel Pellegrini is in the market for another goalkeeper.

The Manchester City manager believes that the Englishman must be pushed to improve his game, a thought shared by football fans throughout the country who have often accused Hart of ‘walking’ into both his club and international sides.

Many have criticised the England international for some high profile mistakes and notably that he does not pose the attacking threat many of the world’s leading goalkeepers do, Hart has been scrutinised for his slow, ineffective distribution which halt any chance of counter attacking football.

With the league so tight at the moment these chances which are lacking could be the difference between a win and a draw so the pressure is really on.

The argument now looks like this; can Hart be the England number one if he is struggling to win his domestic position back from Costel Pantilimon?

Nevertheless Pellegrini has searched far and wide for a suitable number two, who will help the career of Hart and in Malaga’s Willy Caballaro he may have found the ideal suitor.

The Argentinian, has performed wonders for the Spanish side and has hugely impressed both goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor and Pellegrini during his time at Malaga, he is also thought to have discussed the possibility of a move to the Premier League, if City make their interest official

Of the other possible targets Iker Casillas has been named and whilst he himself finds life difficult at Real Madrid, City is unlikely to consider making a move due to the World Cup winners, £114m release clause.

If there were to be a silver lining in all of this however it will be that Hart is safe in the knowledge that he will remain a City player after the club announced he would not be sold at any price.

Competition in any club is healthy and if the dropping of Hart is the catalyst to make him better for both club and country then great, if not then we could see the waste of such an obvious talent.

image: © illarterate

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch