Analysis: How Joe Hart could be seriously challenged by Willy Caballero next season

The impending arrival of Willy Caballero from Malaga, leaves Joe Hart facing competition as Manchester City's number one goalkeeper.

Manuel Pellegrini has assured the 32-year-old Argentinian there will be a chance to displace the England international should he repeat the mistakes that led to him being dropped last season.

Hart will begin the new season as the first-choice for the recently crowned champions following an impressive showing in the second half of the previous campaign, it is very unlikely Caballero has been signed solely to fill the role as the 27-year-old's back-up.

Below we look at the each players’ statistics from the previous domestic season, to decide if the former Malaga veteran can realistically challenge Hart for a starting place in Pellegrini's Manchester City team. 

  TeamPosAppsMinsClean SheetGoals Conceded / apps
Joe Hart Man City GK 31 2,790 13 0.97
Willy Caballero Malaga GK 38 3,420 12 1.21

Plying his trade for 11th placed Malaga, Caballero enjoyed a fruitful season between the sticks, and in terms of the set of stats above, there is little to distinguish between the duo. 

The Argentine goalkeeper conceded a greater number of goals per match last term, yet the two player's clean sheet totals proved almost identical. Having said this, Caballero allowed the opposition just 46 goals whilst playing for a mid-table side, whereas Manchester City - the English top flight winners - conceded on 37 occasions.  

  Saves per appsSaves against goals concededPercentage of penalties saved
Joe Hart 1.48 1.59 0.00
Willy Caballero 3.00 2.48 33.00

It's difficult to argue against the 32-year-old's ability, and again, his competency is proven by the number of successful saves he produced throughout the previous campaign. A look at the table above displays a clear superiority over the current Manchester City number one.

Not only did he average twice as many saves per appearance, he also made more stops per goal conceded. While his prowess in penalty situations is another area that sees him come up trumps. The Malaga-man holds a clear advantage when it comes to shot stopping.

  Avg. Claim Succ (%)Distribution Succ (%)
Joe Hart 90.00 56.00
Willy Caballero 100.00 67.00

Both goalkeepers have had experienced little difficulty when coming for crosses judging by the statistics, although Caballero does boast the greater claim success rate. The Argentinian has had no issues when it comes to stating his authority in the 18-yard-box.

Again, in terms of distribution, Caballero reigns supreme. Setting off attacks from defence is an undervalued aspect of a goalkeeper's game, and the stats suggest that Caballero is the man to further bolster Manuel Pellegrini's side's armoury in the opposition half.

It's fair to say, Caballero has a fantastic opportunity to rival Joe Hart for the number on spot at Manchester City. He clearly has the full-backing of Manuel Pellegrini and, if anything, the statistics suggest he is the more adept option between the sticks.

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