England legend Gary Lineker has thrown in his two-pence on Manuel Pellegrini’s goalkeeping dilemma, claiming that “great” players use the tough moments throughout their careers to “show what they are made of”.

Reports suggest that the Manchester City manager is reportedly set to drop his first choice goalkeeper Joe Hart for his side’s encounter against Norwich City on Saturday.
Hart has made headlines with a string of mistakes in recent matches.

His latest blunder came in last Sunday’s Premier League defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge where a miscommunication with defender Matija Nastasic led to Fernando Torres scoring a stoppage-time winner for the Blues.

Lineker has since tweeted a few words on the Joe Hart predicament, claiming: “All footballers have periods in their career when their form evaporates and confidence diminishes.

“The great players, including goalkeepers, use these as opportunities to show what they are made of,” he continued, “They thrive on the pressure.”

For Hart, currently England’s first choice between the sticks, being dropped by his club could be a nightmare scenario with the World Cup in Brazil rapidly approaching.

The 26-year-old from Shrewsbury was left out of the City side which beat Newcastle United 2-0 after extra-time in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup encounter.

Romanian shot-stopper Costel Pantilimon has been playing in the League Cup for Pellegrini’s side this season, but having kept a clean sheet at St James’ Park he could be set to make his first Premier League appearance for the club.

Lineker continued: “It’s what defines you. The difference between being good and great. Challenges to be relished. I hope Pellegrini gives Hart his lifeline.”

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