The story of Joe Hart is a fairytale one of a young lad from Shrewsbury who somehow found himself as the number goal keeper of Manchester City, spent just a little over 12 years at the club and would go on to win two premier league titles with the club, a host of individual awards and also becoming one of the youngest keepers to ever reach over 100 premier league clean sheets……and before the age of 30!
Where did it all go wrong for him though? With 348 appearances and 12 years at the club although the last two seasons were spent on loan to Torino and West Ham, Joe hart left for Burnley.
It all started with Guardiola joining Man City. Hart was dropped by the then new manager for the first match of the 2016/2017 season. This was due to Hart’s poor performances at the UEFA Euro 2016 and Pep stating his desire for a sweeper-keeper. Hart made his first start of the season by captaining a champions league qualifying match against Steaua Bucharest which they were winners 6-0 on aggregate and in an atmosphere which many described as resembling a pre-departure testimonial.
Of all the top European clubs that came calling for Joe Hart’s services, he surprisingly chose to sign on loan for Torino thereby becoming the first English goalkeeper to sign for a Serie A club since the league’s inception in 1929.
On 11 September 2016, Hart endured an extreme start in his debut for Torino, being halfway to blame for the equalizer in a 2–1 away loss to Atalanta when his punch from a corner fell at the feet of an opponent striker who converted. However, Hart at that point kept back to back clean sheets in his next two appearances against Empoli and Pescara, both of which finished 0– 0.
Hart played in each of the 36 of Torino’s league games in the 2016–17 season, yet in April the club’s president Urbano Cairo recommended his level of execution had dropped in the midst of transfer speculation. The club finished ninth in Serie A, conceding in 38 matches, the fourth-highest number in the league.
On 18 July 2017 however, Hart signed for Premier League club West Ham United on a season-long credit, having been allowed to find another club by City. He made his debut for West Ham on 13 August 2017, in a 4–0 trashing away to Manchester United and conceded 10 goals in his initial three appearances, albeit West Ham skipper Mark Noble protected his goalkeeper’s performances.
Finally, Hart has bid his farewell to Manchester City and looks to revive his career with a resurgence Burnley side, we can only but wish the two-time premier league holder all the best!