Joe Hart’s Manchester City career has officially come to an end.
Of course, it came to an end the moment Pep Guardiola took over in 2016. It’s just that Tuesday morning’s announcement cements it. Burnley, who as recently as last week hadn’t signed a new player yet, brought in their second with the addition of the former England goalkeeper.
“BREAKING: Clarets complete Joe Hart deal.”
Hart, 31, joins the Clarets after two not so great loan spells. Once Guardiola took over Manchester City in the summer of 2016, it was clear that Hart’s days were numbered. After all, he didn’t fit Pep’s style. Guardiola likes a goalkeeper that can play with the ball at his feet. Hart is not that goalkeeper. Therefore he would be dropped immediately.
So that first summer, City sent him on loan to Serie A side Torino — where he didn’t look too convincing. Playing in all 36 league matches, he saw 66 balls find the back of the net. Ultimately, the Italian side would finish ninth. Last season saw him join West Ham — again on loan — where he made just 19 Premier League appearances. He didn’t look great there either. In fact, according to The Telegraph, opponent’s found his weakness — “particularly low to his left.”
So here we are.
For a side like Burnley, this isn’t a bad move. The club, who are shockingly making their way through Europa League qualification rounds, do need a little more help. They do need a little more depth to navigate both Europe and the EPL. Hart certainly brings that experience. And even though he’s no longer a top keeper, he can still help these Clarets. It’s not as though he’s that detrimental; he just shouldn’t be playing for England or a top club anymore. In a sense, Burnley suits him just fine.
It’s also the end of an era. After 348 appearances for the Citizens — two English League Cups, an FA Cup and two Premier League titles — the Englishman is moving on.
Will he find success with Burnley?