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Is it time for a change of Hart?

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After more than £80 million spent on transfers this summer, losing in their second Premier League match of the season to Cardiff wasn’t in the script for Manchester City.

And in Joe Hart, Manuel Pellegrini may have an ever-worsening headache he could do without. It was not too long ago that Hart was the first name on the team sheet for both club and country and was playing with such assurance that his position looks safe for the foreseeable future. After all, Hart did enter this season on the back of three successive Golden Glove awards.

But, after a less than ideal last year, which has included more than a fair share of high profile blunders, it appears as if those days are gone and he has started this season exactly where he left off last.

After allowing James Morrison's early shot to slip in for Scotland's opener in the friendly at Wembley, Roy Hodgson made more than a passing reference to the fact that he might not be the undisputed No.1 for too long.

It even forced manager Pellegrini to defend his goalkeeper very early on in his tenure, a few days before City's opening Premier League fixture against Newcastle United.

The Chilean said: "The past is the past. Of course there is last season but we have a new season now. I hope Joe will have the performance we all know he has had in his whole career. We will see every match what will happen with him but I have a lot of trust in him. I don't worry about him.

"For me always we play the players who are giving the best performance and in the best moment. My teams does not play by name, they play by performance. For the whole team, the 22 players are exactly the same. I am not talking about anyone special."

And whilst there is no doubt he will be in goal again for Saturday's visit of Hull City, his confidence would have no doubt been dented, after making a hash of Peter Whittingham’s corner that led to Frazier Campbell heading home the advantage for Cardiff, who then went onto claim their first victory of the season.

In the aftermath of the match, Pellegrini was once again questioned and this time too, he was forced to deflect the blame elsewhere, as he said: "It doesn't matter who is guilty. Defending set pieces is a duty for the whole team, not just the goalkeeper or the defenders."

Whilst Hodgson has already said that he "would be watching [Hart] closely in the coming games", his performance at Cardiff would hardly be the kind of thing Hart would have wanted him to see and only time will tell if Pellegrini, as well as Hodgson, will show some faith in the goalkeeper.

And maybe just maybe, it is finally time to make a change, even if it is just a temporary one to take him out of the line of fire for a few matches.

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