Done by : Bhavdeep Singh
The summer transfer window closes on the 31st of August and several clubs seem to be done with their business of buying and selling players for now, however, new Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, could still take one final dig into the market before it closes.
The selection of Willy Caballero for Manchester City against Sunderland came as a shock to many, it would have made sense if Joe Hart, their number 1, was injured, but benching such a decorated player did seem slightly off.
Pep Guardiola is known to make his team around goal keepers who can control things with their feet, to regulate the defence just like a midfielder regulates the play up front, and in his opinion, Hart isn’t as good as Caballero when it comes to doing that.
This could very well mean the end of Joe Hart’s career as the number 1 for Manchester City, his career with the club in general or his career period.
Here’s a statement by Pep according to The Mirror
“Willy played really good in pre-season, I trust him”
“Of course I trust in Joe as well, and I decide. I had to take a decision like any, and I take it.”
“Joe is a goalkeeper and with a goalkeeper I talk to him and said, “Here is the ball at your feet”, and about what he has to do, rather than what he has to do with his hands”
“He’s comfortable [on the ball]. He has quality and he can do that – with time. I’m not saying he’s unable to do it. Maybe there are other goalkeepers with more quality at that. But Joe, with training, he can do it – with time. But his time is now. It’s not about what happens in six months, seven months”
Man City were eyeing Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen for quite some time but the transfer seemed to crash after he suffered some damage to his knee ligament in training.
In the most recent update, City seem to be interested in Rui Patricio and Claudio Bravo, Barcelona’s number 1, so much so, that it is being claimed as a done deal but Ter Stegen’s injury could still be a problem there.
Whatever the case, this season and Pep’s appointment is not going well with Joe Hart and his displeasure was clear by what I would conclude as a smirk after Willy conceded from Dofoe’s shot on Saturday.
Images : BBC Sport, barcablaugranes.com, Mirror