Joe Hart’s starting place Manchester City’s team may be hugely under threat next season from the club’s new Argentine stopper, Willy Caballero.
Sky Sports reports how the 32-year-old joined the English champions for a fee of around £4.5 million less than a month ago and is expected to compete with England’s number 1 next year.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini showed that he wasn’t scared to drop Hart from his team, after one mistake too many left him instead opting for Romanian keeper Costel Pantillimon.
While stat’s show that Hart’s save percentage fell short of both Manchester United’s David De Gea and Chelsea’s Pter Cech, his vulnerability to making mistakes was also often highlighted.
Competition for places
In addition to this, distribution off the ball is an ever-growing part off the game, with more and more teams looking to catch opponents on the counter-attack, and while Hart’s isn’t bad, Caballero really excels in this area.
Though many believe that this period on the sidelines ultimately helped Hart to improve and regain his starting spot, the uncertainty surrounding Pantillimon’s ability allowed this to happen.
However things are sure to be very different this time round, simply due to Caballero’s ability.
The new man played all off 38 La Liga games for Malaga last season, earning 3 man of the match awards along the way.
The Argentine was seen by many as the only consistent performer for what was a very inconsistent team.
As a whole, next year could prove to be an extremely disappointing one for England’s best goalkeeper.
If he is unable to cut his mistakes out of his game, he could quite easily find himself spending long spells on the subs bench.