The speculations of Manchester City’s interest in Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was looming in recent days. For once and all when I thought the news could be untrue, to much of my surprise news breakout as this week when the Chile international touched down in the City of Manchester for a medical to join Pep Guardiola’s side.
The coming of Bravo or any other world-class goalkeeper was not something that was unexpected ever since Pep took charge at the Etihad. It is also understood that the Spanish tactician wants to work with players he knew from the past.
The real question here is the future of Joe Hart. He already lost his number one spot to Willy Caballero, who was picked to keep the post for City’s opening league games. By reading meanings into what has happened to the latter, it tells clearly that he has now fallen below the pecking order at Man City to atleast become the third choice goalkeeper. It is also understood that Pep asked the 20-year-old Angus Gunn to battle the 34-year-old Caballero to earn a spot as third goal-keeper while Bravo is being assured of number one choice.
Pep Guardiola recently said of Joe Hart: “I explain what we want from our goalkeepers. With a goalkeeper the first thing I am looking for is to make saves. That is the most important thing. He (Joe Hart) has to play with the ball. Joe Hart has to help us to create a good build-up. That’s why I am here.”
Every football enthusiast will agree that Joe Hart is one of the pillars on which the success of Man City was build upon in recent times. Since they recruited him in 2006, he went on several loan spells to build his confident and development before finally becoming first choice in 2010.
“Maybe Joe will stay and be a player who will fight with the other goalkeepers to convince me to play him. It’s simple like that. He knows from the beginning what I feel and what is the situation,” said Pep Guardiola after he was questioned about Hart’s future.
What is actually needed by such a goalkeeper who has vast experience for both club and country in his gloves? With all due respect to Pep and his tactics, I think he could have just lure Joe Hart to adopt his style than telling him to compete with goalkeepers whom he has high pedigree and age factor.
Hart helped Man City to win two Premier League titles between 2011 and 2014 and set a club record of 29 cleans sheets as a goalkeeper surpassing Nicky Weaver’s 26 mark and four times Golden Gloves and such a goalkeeper is in frustration regarding his future at the moment.
Where will Joe Hart go ?
We understood Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund are interested in the 29-year old, but going to either of these two clubs doesn’t guarantee an automatic selection. It is the same story with Everton which was named to snap him up immediately. But Ronald Koeman has recently acquired the services of his compatriot Maarten Skeletenburg.
On 31, August the transfer window will be closed and with the continues happenings at Man City. Hart must decide on his future whether he is staying Man City or not as his international number spot is also another major concern.