Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart suffered the biggest disappointment of his career this week when he was left out of the 23-man England squad for this summer’s World Cup.
After a disappointing loan spell at West Ham United and with no future at his parent club, the former England number one should return to Birmingham City in order to rescue his career.
Hart spent the 2009/10 campaign at loan at St Andrews, resulting in a hugely successful season for both club and player.
The goalkeeper made 36 league appearances for Birmingham, only missing the matches against City which he was ineligible for. Hart was named the club’s Player of the Year and was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year, due to his excellent form in 2009/10.
In addition, the Blues finished an impressive ninth in the Premier League, enjoying a club-record 12-match unbeaten run and exceeding all expectations for the newly-promoted side.
Now would be the ideal time for Hart and Birmingham City to be reunited, as manager Garry Monk is on the lookout for a new goalkeeper after telling David Stockdale he is free to leave the club this summer.
For Hart, it is clear he has no path forward at the Etihad after Ederson’s brilliant debut season in England.
Additionally, few, if any, Premier League clubs will be chasing Hart’s signature after an unconvincing season at the London Stadium which was characterised by his high-profile mistakes.
A return to St Andrew’s, where Hart gained his first taste of Premier League football almost a decade ago, would be a prudent career choice for the Englishman.
If Hart can establish himself as Birmingham’s starting goalkeeper and lead Garry Monk’s men to promotion, then a return to the England fray might not be out of the question for the 31-year-old.