With West Ham in the midst of a relegation dogfight, David Moyes is likely to rotate on Sunday. West Ham head to Shrewsbury for an FA Cup 3rd round tie and Joe Hart could get the nod in goal. Hart has lost his place in the first choice eleven to Adrian, but the Cup could be his chance to stake a claim for a recall.
Hart dropped a number of clangers earlier this season and Moyes took action. Spanish shotstopper Adrian has impressed since coming in. With a World Cup looming on the horizon Hart needs games, with his England place surely under threat.
Lifeline For Hart At Home Town Club
Shrewsbury born and bred, Hart’s career started out at the club before he secured his big move to Man City. He will be delighted to get the chance to play against his former club and Moyes confirmed he would start. He said:
“Joe will play on Sunday. He will play a lot of Premier League games this season as well. I keep saying it. I thought Adrian pulled off one brilliant save at Tottenham, when he put a shot over the bar in the first half, and he has done well in the games he has played.”
Hart has clearly lost confidence since his and England’s horror show at Euro 2016. He didn’t cover himself in glory in the defeat to Iceland and it has had a lasting effect. Deemed surplus to requirements by Pep at City, he spent last season on loan at Torino.
He conceded 66 goals in 36 appearances, not a great record by any means. His performance in West Ham’s 4-0 defeat at Goodison was the straw that broke the camel’s back and he was dropped by Moyes. Long viewed as the future of English goalkeeping by the English media, he is in danger of becoming yesterday’s news.