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TBR View: Tottenham player already justifying Jose Mourinho decision

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TBR View: Tottenham player already justifying Jose Mourinho decision

Joe Hart has really sent a message to his critics

Eyebrows were raised when Tottenham opted to sign Joe Hart on a free transfer in the summer with Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga already on the books.

The experienced stopper was expected to come in as a third choice stopper in the event of either of the first-choice duo picking up injuries or suspensions throughout the campaign.

Mourinho had other ideas though.

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Hart featured heavily in pre-season and was also called upon, at the expense of Gazzaniga, in a Europa League qualifier.

It had looked as though Gazzaniga would come in for Lloris during the European campaign but it would seem as though Mourinho had earmarked Hart for the role all along.

The Argentine wasn’t even registered for the European campaign and some supporters might have questioned Mourinho’s key decision.

 

Hart’s form prior to arriving in North London hadn’t been great, with the former England stopper playing very little first-team football for a few years.

The cynical supporters needn’t have worried though and after just two qualifiers and one group game in the Europa League, Hart is already repaying the Tottenham boss’ faith.

Revival

Last night he didn’t have a lot to do in truth but when LASK came knocking he was equal to it, helping Spurs to a 3-0 victory.

Hart is a veteran of 340 Premier League appearances, helping Manchester City to their first title in 2012.

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Failed spells at West Ham and Burnley had threatened to put him on the scrapheap but in true Hart style, he has shown tremendous bouncebackability at Tottenham.

Mourinho’s decision to hand him a chance in the squad, and in the team, ahead of Gazzaniga already looks shrewd and there could be more to come from the 33-year-old this season.

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