Not so long ago Joe Hart was being hailed by many Premier League followers as the best goalkeeper in the world, but now the England international is seemingly struggling to retain his place in the Manchester City starting line-up.
The 27-year-old is still City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s first-choice goalkeeper, but this season he is facing stiff competition from Willy Caballero.
The Argentine custodian made be 33 years of age, but having worked with Pellegrini at Spanish club Malaga he is definitely someone who is on the good books of the Chilean boss.
Caballero made his Premier League debut for City in their 4-2 victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
Although the former Elche star will go back to the substitutes’ bench for the Citizens' Champions League Group E clash against AS Roma at the Etihad Stadium tonight, there have been suggestions that he could eventually replace Hart as the Manchester outfit’s number one goalkeeper.
Renowned sports presenter Richard Keys seems to understand why Pellegrini dropped Hart for the game against Hull and claims that he does not ‘fancy’ the former Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper.
‘Guys @sportsbreakfast It's simple - Pellegrini doesn't fancy Hart’, he wrote on social networking site Twitter. ‘Nor did Mancini. He still makes too many errors’.
Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness seems to have a different view and believes that Hart deserves to play week in and week out for City.
‘Joe Hart made a couple of good saves that night (against Bayern Munich) and I was mystified as to why he was left out for the game against Hull at the weekend’, he wrote on the Sky Sports website.
‘He played well at Bayern and well against Chelsea the previous weekend so I don’t get that one. Unless he’s carrying a knock that we don’t know about, it’s an odd one because he has made a fabulous start to the season.
‘We are still in September, so why would you be resting people? Especially a goalkeeper? No, I don’t get that’.