On 18 July 2017, West Ham United announced that Joe Hart had joined the club on a season-long loan from Manchester City.
The England goalkeeper had lost his place in the team under Pep Guardiola had been looking to use his move to the London Stadium as the perfect opportunity to give himself a chance of representing his country at the World Cup the following summer.
Fans were understandably delighted to have been able to bring a player of the ‘keeper’s ability, as he had managed to win the Premier League twice and won the Golden Glove award on four occasions.
Here is what just a few of those supporters had said when he arrived…
Joe Hart is a top signing for #WHUFC.
Better than Randolph (obvs) & Adrian.
Hopefully there is an option to buy.
— Tom Rennie (@thomasjrennie) July 18, 2017
Bloody quality hart is a class player COYI #WHUFC
— Mitch vince (@MitchwhufcVince) July 18, 2017
Delighted with #WHUFC signing Charles Joe Hart.
— Michael Wood (@woodstockiron) July 18, 2017
Joe Hart – Absolutely cracking signing for the mighty hammers. Very happy with this one. #WHUFC
— Le Don (@Cheeseboy7) July 18, 2017
Very happy with Hart signing. If we add Hernandez then I'll be delighted. #COYI
— Spencer FC (@SpencerOwen) July 18, 2017
Best in the world
— Joe Magri (@MagriWHU) July 18, 2017
At the time, it was understood The Hammers had the chance to keep Hart on a permanent deal following the conclusion of his loan, however, things did not go as many had first hoped when Slaven Bilic brought him into the fold.
His first three performances for West Ham saw him concede ten goals and was then thrown in and out of the team with Adrian throughout the campaign.
In his 23 appearances for The Hammers, he conceded 42 goals and managed to keep just four clean sheets in a campaign that saw the club flirt with relegation.
Many of the West Ham faithful will have been disappointed with what they saw from the experienced goalkeeper during his time at the London Stadium.
His arrival had brought a sense of optimism amongst the fans that summer in regards to feeling that the club had started to show the ambitions they had spoken about but had failed to deliver.
Of course, he is no longer at the club after a rather disastrous year in the capital and is now at Premier League outfit Burnley, although things certainly have not fared too much better for him there either.
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