West Ham United goalkeeper Joe Hart’s career looks set to hit a new low ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Chelsea this Saturday.
The England international, on loan from Manchester City, has not had the desired impact in his temporary move to the London Stadium, and reports this have now suggested that Hammers boss David Moyes will take Hart out of the starting lineup and replace him with Adrian.
Joe Hart not starting for West Ham against Chelsea this weekend. Adrian in.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 7, 2017
Speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, Moyes would not be drawn on the reports but did say that he was happy to have both players available to call upon:
“I’ll keep my team until tomorrow. But I have made a decision in my own mind.
“I would always try to speak to the players. There are some occasions you should speak to them and others there is no need to.
“It is a good problem for West Ham. I don’t know if it is a good problem going into the World Cup. I would like those problems in a few other positions. I am happy having the two of them.”
Saturday’s dropping is the latest in a long list of knocks Hart has taken in the past couple of years. From being an almost untouchable member of the Manchester City and England squads, his erratic international form and the arrival of Pep Guardiola to the Etihad have sparked a chain reaction that has left the 30-year-old facing the prospect of becoming the backup keeper for a bottom-half Premier League outfit for an extended spell.
Should that happen, it’s hard to see how Hart could be retained as England’s first choice goalkeeper going into the World Cup, with Stoke City’s Jack Butland breathing heavily down his neck for that coveted number one shirt.
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