Joe Hart’s Torino debut didn’t get off to the best of starts when there was some confusion surrounding his name.
Torino put ‘John Hart’ on the team sheet for their game at Atalanta. Not many realise that John is one of his middle names, while Joe is his preferred name, and proceeded to have a laugh and a joke on social media.
That, unfortunately, wasn’t the worst of it for the Manchester City outcast. Not by a long shot.
Hart’s debut was going swimmingly. He produced a nice save in the first half and Iago Falque gave Torino the lead in the second half.
But disaster quickly struck. Hart must be praying that Pep Guardiola doesn’t have access to a television right about now.
England's number one attempted to punch clear from an Atalanta corner but he failed to make a solid connection with the ball. It landed at the feet of Andrea Masiello and the defender equalised.
Talk about a debut to forget.
Claudio Bravo committed a similar error for City in yesterday’s Manchester derby but Guardiola is willing to give his new signing the time to understand English football.
Hart, however, doesn’t sit well in the City manager’s books. And his clanger is hardly going to do him any favours.
One game, one mistake. It can only get better.
The 29-year-old has an uphill task to regain his place in the City fold. What might work in his favour is that Guardiola is more concerned with his ability with the ball at his feet rather than his aerial prowess.
Yeah, we’re clutching at straws. Hart made an error and Guardiola knows it.
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