By Tony Alvarez

Following a number of costly errors sections of the media and football managers alike have had their say on just what has happened to Joe Hart and whether he should retain his status as England number one.

    Whilst Hart has not made many if any glaring mistakes the little mistakes have been costly, pushing Ashley Young’s shot straight out to Darren Bent two yards out, failing to deal with David Bentleys cross shot regardless of whether or not Zigic got a touch.

    As previously stated these are not clangers that are likely to make it onto any end of season bloopers DVD but have cost the title chasing side 4 points out of the last 6 they have played for.

   Hart has ever really been through a tough patch in his career to date, he shone whilst on loan at Birmingham City last season and up until the last month or so had been outstanding for City. His display against Arsenal at the Emirates was one of the best I have seen from a keeper in a long time.

    But following these recent blunders his England manager has come out and said Hart needs to work on his concentration before he can be considered a world-class keeper. Whilst this may not be the most helpful of things when you are out of form is there much truth in it.

   His club manager has leapt to his defence saying “Joe, for me, is the best goalkeeper in England…The problem for a goalkeeper is that when they make a mistake you can lose 1-0. If a striker doesn’t score a goal, it finishes 0-0. That is the problem.”  Mancini then went on to display his confidence in Joe Hart by declaring “I am happy though. I will not change because Joe Hart is the best goalkeeper.”

The question you must ask if which Italian is to be believed, for me Hart is already a top class keeper for me World class is a term branded around too often and in honesty there are not too many World class keepers around.

All keepers in their time make mistakes unfortunately for Hart they have came within a few weeks of each other and in a time that really mattered for City if they were too push on and challenge for the title.

We should remember that even the legendary Edwin Van Der Sar has made hug mistakes, such as the one at Old Trafford against West Brom which gave Somen Tchoyi a tap in, but he has never been questioned its if you have the character to come through these problems a better keeper, something I am sure Joe Hart will do.

What do you think? Is Joe Hart top or even world class? Does his recent form warrant him being dropped? Was Capello right to question him publicly? Let us know your thoughts

 

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