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Burnley: Joe Hart admits that he had “difficult couple of years” at Turf Moor

Burnley: Joe Hart admits that he had “difficult couple of years” at Turf Moor - Burnley News

Former Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart has admitted that his two-year spell at Turf Moor was “difficult” upon completing his move to Tottenham this week.

The 33-year-old was released by the Clarets this summer and, having made just 24 appearances under Sean Dyche, he acknowledged that he did not have the smoothest of times in Lancashire.

Speaking to Spurs TV [via Football.London] upon signing for Jose Mourinho’s side, he said: “There’s no getting away from it, it has been a difficult couple of years for me personally on the football field but I feel I have so much to give.”

Hart cost Burnley a reported £3.5m (as per BBC) when he joined from Manchester City in 2018 and, with both Tom Heaton and Nick Pope sidelined through injury, he went straight into the Clarets’ starting line-up.

However, over the first 19 Premier League games of that season, he shipped no fewer than 41 goals (2.16 per game) and managed only four clean sheets (21.1% of games), being dropped after a 5-1 drubbing at home to Everton as Heaton resumed his place upon recovering from injury.

The former England number one was limited to just three appearances last season, all in domestic cup competitions, and he conceded a further seven goals in those matches, including three in their Carabao Cup exit at home to League One Sunderland. [via TransferMarkt]

While Hart was left kicking his heels on the substitutes’ bench, Pope excelled for Burnley during 2019/20, playing twice as many matches in the league as Hart managed the previous term and conceding only nine more goals while also keeping 15 clean sheets (as per TransferMarkt).

Hart’s Burnley career never recovered from that Boxing Day 2018 nightmare against Everton and, with Pope performing so brilliantly between the sticks last season, the ex-Man City goalkeeper never stood much of a chance of getting back into the side.

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It was a shame that the 33-year-old couldn’t manage to find his best form at Turf Moor but, so long as Pope is available and at his best, Clarets fans can feel satisfied with having a hugely dependable option as their last line of defence.

Burnley fans, what did you make of Hart’s time at the club? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!


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