It seems like a while ago now that Joe Hart was dominating back pages and internet searches. The England stopper’s future was plunged into doubt during the latter weeks of the summer transfer window as it became apparent that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola didn’t want him around, and a somewhat surprising loan switch to Serie A side Torino ensued.
His progress was followed intensely at first, yet over the past couple of months the Hart-hype has died down… but it’s back again now! Although a January 2017 transfer is unlikely given the terms of his loan switch to Turin, Liverpool are eyeing the 29-year-old as a long-term replacement for their haphazard goalkeepers, Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet, according to the Mirror.
But should they be looking at the Man City man?
As the numbers show, Hart has been fairly impressive in Italy, keeping three clean sheets (as many as Karius at Liverpool), but conceding 23 times – three more than the Reds’ two stoppers in league action.
Where the numbers do look good, though, are in relation to Hart’s success in terms of saves. The Three Lions ace has managed to keep the ball out of his net on 39 occasions, some 14 more times than Mignolet and Karius combined, while his saves-per-goal ratio of 1.7 is better than his Anfield adversaries’ returns.
Granted, he’s faced more shots in the Torino goal, but some of the efforts Karius, in particular, has let in over the past few weeks could have been avoided by a more competent No.1.
Will Man City sell to a direct rival? It remains to be seen…