Monday 26 September 2016

WATCH - This may explain why Pep Guardiola dropped Joe Hart at Manchester City

Published 15/08/2016 | 23:28

Joe Hart is not happy about being dropped by Manchester City
Joe Hart is not happy about being dropped by Manchester City

Gary Neville has urged keeper Joe Hart stay at Manchester City and battle for his place in Pep Guardiola’s first team, even though he admits he may not have the attributes required to excel under his new manager.

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Hart was dropped to the bench for the club’s first game of the season against Sunderland on Saturday, with Willy Caballero stepping into his shoes and performing reasonably well as Guardiola made his first appearance as City boss.

The sidelined Hart was a vision of frustration as he looked in on City’s 2-1 win as an unwanted observer, amid increasingly heated speculation that Guardiola is lining up a move for Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo in the final days of this summer’s transfer window.

On his return to the Sky Sports Monday Night Football studio, Neville suggested Hart has taken a blow following his omission from Guardiola’s side, but he has urged the England keeper to remain at the club for a year at least.

“He has given Joe a little whack, there is no doubt about it,” stated Neville. “Now there will be a lot of noise about Joe Hart leaving, speculation who is going to buy Joe.

“My advice to Joe will be to stay exactly where he is, but Pep Guardiola’s obsession and believe is to play out from the back at all-costs. That is no Joe Hart’s strength, but for a year or two now, I would say he should stay.”

These statistics offered up by Sky Sports highlighted the glaring difference between Hart and Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer, who has been working with Guardiola over the last three seasons.

These statistics offered up by Sky Sports highlighted the glaring difference between Hart and Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer, who has been working with Guardiola over the last three seasons.

It remains to be seen whether Hart gets a chance to improve on his distribution skills at City or whether he leaves the club before Guardiola tries to mould him into becoming the brand of keeper he demands in his team.

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