The on again off again deal for Joe Hart seems to be on again according to multiple outlets. A loan deal with the possibility to make the move permanent at the end of the year. Hart has been rumored with us since the season ended and I for one don’t want to see him within ten feet of the London Stadium unless he’s on the opposing team.
Hart is the England number one keeper (for now), won a Premier League title, and was the number one at Manchester City for a number of years. Pep Guardiola comes in decides he doesn’t like Hart ships him to Torino and now needs to find the blonde beauty a new home.
Here comes David Sullivan and company looking to make a splash signing with no regard to whether it will help the team and wham bam thank you mam we’re gonna get Joe Hart if reports are true.
WE DON’T NEED JOE HART, WE NEVER NEEDED JOE HART, AND I CERTAINLY DON’T WANT JOE HART! There now that that’s out of my system. Here’s why this is actually a horrible signing.
1. He really isn’t that great. As we’ve seen at Manchester City, Tornio, and the England squad Joe Hart is prone to some abysmal errors.
Hart isn’t the first nor would he be the last Hammer keeper to have some amazing mistakes. Anyone remember this amazing moment from a Hammer keeper in the England squad?
2. He played behind some world class defenses and world class the Hammers are not. Don’t get me wrong I think Winston Reid is a fantastic centerback as is Angelo Ogbonna. As last year showed though our defense is swiss cheese sometimes. It’s not all down to the back four though our central midfield was weak as well.
I expect our defense and midfield to be improved this season even without a major upgrade outside Pablo Zabaletta. That being said we aren’t on a level of Man City.
3. Adrian is almost the exact same player. Just look at the last season they both played in the Premier League.
I would expect Hart to have more clean sheets, but everything else is similar. Both can make amazing saves but they’re also prone to some extreme howlers. If you compare their other seasons in the league it’s the same story. Seriously, look at the stats and tell me Joe Hart is a significantly better option than Adrian.
As I said earlier this season Adrian is a perfectly good number one keeper, Darren Randolph is a great number two and a great option if Adrian goes down with injury. Randolph can make great saves but doesn’t play as well with poor defense in-front of him as Adrian does.
4. Bringing Hart in means we lose Randolph or Adrian. There’s no way you’re going to pay the wages of all three for a season. Best case scenario we keep Adrian and Hart while Randolph leaves. We have the same keeper in goal and on the bench. However, at the end of the season we have to decide on one or the other and we’ve lost a great number two option and need to find a new one.
Worst case scenario, we sell Adrian and Hart plays at the same level as Adrian would have. We’ve now spent a fortune for the same player. Even worse would be that we decide Hart isn’t all he’s cracked up to be, we don’t sign him permanently and now we have Darren Randolph as our number one. Randy’s a perfectly fine keeper but he’s not the number one for a team that wants to finish top half.
The reason for this move has nothing to do with upgrading the keeper position. It have everything to do with David Sullivan wanting to sign a big name to make it look like the board is improving the squad. If they truly wanted to improve the keeper situation they would have signed Jordan Pickford.
If the Davids want to improve the squad they’d stop with this Hart and Arnautovic nonsense and splash some money and sign Kelechi Iheanacho, Michy Batshuayi, Javier Hernandez, Moussa Dembele, or any of the hundreds of strikers we’ve been linked with.