There looks to be tough times ahead for Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, after he was benched for City’s opening-weekend victory over Sunderland at the Etihad.
Much has been made of Pep’s decision to drop the Englishman, with some suggesting that he deserves it after some bad form, whilst others believe it could be signalling the end of his City career.
It does seem like Guardiola would prefer a “sweeper keeper”, a man between the sticks who is good a footballer as the rest of the side and if that is the case, Hart’s City career could be over.
Whilst Manuel Neur, king of the midfield-esque goalkeepers may be a little out of reach, there are other options and players that might be able to fit the Spaniards’ style of play.
So with that in mind, here’s FIVE goalkeeping alternatives to Joe Hart for Guardiola at City…
The Chilean is looking the most likely to make the move to the Etihad after reports suggested he had agreed personal terms with City.
But with no move set in stone he’s just as likely to stay at Barcelona as he is to move to England. He’s a solid goalkeeper who has really taken his chance at the Nou Camp in recent years and has showed his calibre between the sticks.
A safe choice for Pep.
Ter Stegen, on paper, is probably Pep Guardiola’s number one choice if he wants to invest in a “sweeper keeper”. The German youngster is considered as the number two at Barcelona but is valued a lot higher than Bravo because of his age.
The former Monchengladbach youngster is expected to take the reigns in goal when needed and really fits Barcelona’s style of play. A City move would be tricky but don’t rule out the pulling power Guardiola has.
City fans can dream but if Guardiola wants the best keeper in the world then we’re pretty sure their Saudi owners could make it happen. Arsene Wenger recently spoke of how a “£200million transfer” isn’t that far away, and this could well be it, if City go for it.
Everyone knows how good Neuer is with the ball at his feet and he could probably play anywhere on the pitch if he needed to. Would really prove City’s credentials if they could bring him in.
Might not be the choice that instantly springs to mind but if anyone has seen Muslera in goal for Galatasaray over the past few years, you’ll know he’s an ambitious goalkeeper who likes to take risks.
He’s a real character and much like the others in this gallery, enjoys having the ball at his feet. Probably isn’t “high-profile” enough for Pep, but an option nonetheless.
An option some haven’t considered is quite simply turning Joe Hart into the keeper Pep wants him to be.
After all, the whole outfield team will need to adjust to the Pep philosophy accordingly so there is no real reason why a player of Joe Hart’s quality couldn’t learn what it takes to do it either.
Off course, it will be tough and a real change for the former Birmingham City man, but its what he’ll have to do if he wants to remain City’s number one.