It seems a long time since Joe Hart went through a fairly sticky spell, with his place in the Manchester City side usurped by the long-time stand-in Willy Caballero. The Englishman between the sticks for The Citizens has been as solid as ever in 2015/16 and with Vincent Kompany absent for much of the time, it is not as if Hart has had an easy ride behind a stable defence. The effect of the Belgian’s injury problems has been well documented and; as the senior member of the back-line, Joe Hart has had to step up. While Man City have not been able to boast a vast array of clean sheets, it is frequently individual errors from those in front of Hart which are to blame. Nobody can legislate for some of Eliaquim Mangala’s decision-making and as a result, the England stopper can sometimes seem to be caught in ‘no man’s land’ through no fault of his own. Despite this, Hart has been the man to keep City in contests this season and to keep The Citizens ahead with the score-line showing a narrow margin of victory, most notably in crucial Champions League clashes.
One positive on a personal note is that Hart has been called into making more saves than during many of the previous Premier League campaigns. This should prepare him better for his international efforts over the summer as; with England’s record over recent tournaments, it is not expected that he will have an easy ride with The Three Lions. It is highly likely that Hart will indeed retain his spot as Roy Hodgson’s number one choice; assuming he makes a full recovery from what initially appeared to be a fairly innocuous injury against Manchester United, and he should go into the tournament on the back of an impressive season at club level.