Burnley have declined to offer Joe Hart a contract extension at Turf Moor, with the veteran ex-England goalkeeper set to become a free agent from next week.
The Daily Mail reported that the 33-year-old has been told his contract won’t be renewed beyond its 30 June expiry date, even with the Premier League season continuing until late July.
As per Daily Mail, Hart is not the only goalkeeper set to leave the Clarets in just over a week’s time, with reserve netminder Adam Legzdins also set to leave at the end of this month.
Hart featured in 19 Premier League games for Burnley last season but the imperious form of Nick Pope this term has left the ex-Manchester City man kicking his heels on the substitutes’ bench. His only appearances in the current campaign have been in domestic cup competitions, with seven goals conceded in those three games (as per TransferMarkt).
Are Burnley right to let Joe Hart leave next week?
His imminent departure will see Bailey Peacock-Farrell being promoted to the role of number two from next week. The Northern Ireland international has yet to feature for Burnley since joining them from Leeds last summer, while his only appearances in a matchday squad came whenever Hart got the nod to start.
However, with Hart and Legzdins both leaving the club in just a few days’ time, that will leave Dyche with only two senior goalkeepers in his squad – one of whom hasn’t played a single minute for the Clarets.
Backup goalkeepers might not see much action generally, although it is not unknown for them to suddenly be called upon. Liverpool’s first choice ‘keeper Alisson has had two spells out injured this season, duly thrusting Adrian into the fray. At the weekend, Arsenal’s number one Bernd Leno suffered a knee injury which could keep him out for some time, with Emiliano Martinez now set to fill the void.
The possibility of a similar setback occurring to Pope is not inconceivable and, if it does, Peacock-Farrell will swiftly go from third choice netminder to crucial first team presence for Burnley. The 23-year-old had a decent record with Leeds last season, conceding just 32 goals in 28 league games (1.14 per game). He could yet prove to be a very important figure at Turf Moor, despite still awaiting his debut nearly 11 months after arriving in Lancashire.
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