Crystal Palace fans may still be waiting for an announcement over a new manager but with the transfer window now open and kicking into gear, the immediate future of Joe Hart should be of interest to those of a red and blue persuasion.
The Manchester City man has endured a turbulent 12 months since Pep Guardiola’s arrival at The Etihad Stadium. Despite being seen as the club’s undisputed number one when the Catalan first set foot in the North West, his fall from grace was as swift as it was painful. Mere days into the new boss’ tenure, it became clear that Hart was not looked upon as a realistic long-term option in between the sticks for Guardiola, leaving the England stopper with no choice other than to look for another opportunity elsewhere.
Despite interest from clubs across the U.K., Hart took the unexpected step of moving to Serie A outfit Torino, where a manager who placed a heavy emphasis on the attacking side of the game was keen to embrace Hart’s high-profile and offer the club’s supporters a bit of glamour. His time in Italy has been far from a constant success story; indeed the tactical set-up employed by Torino offered Joe little to no protection, leading to plenty of attempts on his goal but as a man who had previously spent all of his professional years on these shores, it was undoubtedly an experience that he will have gained from.
Now, Hart faces an even more serious crossroads. With Guardiola having brought in Ederson from Benfica a week or so ago, it’s clear that there is no place for the Englishman in City’s goal, leaving him little to no choice other than to seek a new permanent home outside of Manchester.
Palace fans will need no reminding of our own goalkeeping issues with Steve Mandanda expected to return to Marseille this summer, Julian Speroni playing the role of back-up man and Wayne Hennessey lurching from one unconvincing performance to another but do we really have a chance of landing Hart? The above feature certainly seems to think it’s a realistic move for all parties.
Give it a read and let us know what you think. Would you be happy to have the England man in SE25 or would you rather we focused our gaze elsewhere?