The Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City is fully underway and the Spanish tactician now has a Premier League game under his belt.
While the ex-Barcelona boss did in fact secure victory, it certainly wasn’t convincing as the Citizens edged Sunderland out 2-1.
However, one of the biggest talking points of the game proved the snubbing of Joe Hart. In addition to this, it appears Guardiola is willing to accommodate his exit if he can isolate a worthy replacement.
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Despite being tipped to become the world’s finest shot stopper, Hart has never really reached his full potential. Costly errors have always reared their head as soon as a purple patch threatened to endure.
Such susceptibility to errors was notably exposed at Euro 2016. The 29-year-old palmed a Gareth Bale free-kick into his own net and was at fault for Iceland’s round of 16 winner.
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Moreover, this weekend seemed to suggest that Guardiola wasn’t keen to forget those gaffes in France.
Hart was left on the bench for City’s sheepish 2-1 win over Sunderland with Willy Cabellero proving the preferred choice. It certainly caused a stir and raised further questions over the future of the former.
In fact, according to The Mirror, Guardiola is more than happy to oversee Hart’s exit on the condition that City capture a new number one.
Therefore, although the 45-year-old isn’t keen to invest confidence in his English shot stopper, he’s equally concerned at the prospect of Cabellero being top dog.
The Etihad Stadium-based side have been linked with numerous goalkeepers over the course of the summer. Euro 2016 winner Rui Patricio proves the most recent suggestion, while Barcelona duo Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo have also been frequented.
Consequently, Guardiola is clearly exploring numerous avenues of potential investment. There seems plenty to go at as regards seeking a new man between the sticks.
As for Hart, his most likely destination appears Everton. That being said, after Maarten Stekelenburg’s miraculous performance against Tottenham on Saturday, a move to Goodison Park would wield no guarantees.
It all culminates in poor prospects for Hart. It appears the 29-year-old is no longer the permanent fixture he used to be in Manchester and that selling him would seemingly be no sweat.
However, even with recent errors, the new City manager would be making an incredibly bold move in offloading such a top quality ‘keeper.
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