On the 18th July 2017, Joe Hart joined West Ham on a season-long loan from Manchester City.
The former England number one had found himself barked out of the club by manager Pep Guardiola, and after a lacklustre season in Serie A with Torino the previous campaign, Hart was cleearly eager to get back to the form that made him one of City’s most important players.
However, the loan-spell didn’t go to plan. Whilst plenty of West Ham fans were very pleased by his arrival, their delight soon turned to misery after the Englishman’s poor form reared its ugly head once more.
Manchester City will regret selling it because it is an excellent goalkeeper
— salim mouffoki (@mouffoki_salim) July 26, 2017
Forgetting his form last season, I still can't believe that we, West Ham, have signed Joe Hart. Imagine telling yourself that two years ago.
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) July 20, 2017
Form is temporary, class is permanent
— The WEST HAM (A)WAY (@WESTHAM_AWAY) July 20, 2017
Will be a much more commanding presents in the box with better communication and distribution. Total positive.
— John Bell (@sirjohnbell) July 20, 2017
Hopefully you will be able to revive your England career and prove a point to everyone
— Joshua Clements (@joshyclements) July 18, 2017
Well done. He's a strong character and will bring experience to the club. Let's make sure that we keep Adrian
— Geoff Smith (@GeoffSm43725963) July 18, 2017
Wow a decent signing at last!! Now go get 2 decent strikers
— scott adams (@scotthot) July 18, 2017
Hart started the first 14 games of the season for David Moyes’ side, keeping only three clean sheets as West Ham slumped to 18th in the Premier League table come the start of December.
Following a 4-0 loss to Everton, the former City star was dropped to the bench for backup keeper Adrian, and West Ham’s fortunes turned around almost instantly, keeping three clean sheets in the next four games against the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.
Two back-to-back 4-1 defeats saw Hart return to the starting XI in March where the English keeper started the next five games, keeping one clean sheet. His last appearance for the Hammers would come away to Arsenal where the on-loan keeper shipped in four goals in a 4-1 loss.
Hart made a permanent move to Burnley the following transfer window. In 19 appearances for the Clarets this season in the league, the 31-year-old has only kept four clean sheets and conceded a whopping41 goals.
The return of club captain Tom Heaton has seen Hart return to the bench yet again in the Premier League, and with links to MLS sides during the recent transfer window, it looks likely that we have seen the last of the former England number one in English football.
It’s fair to say that it’s been a very poor few years for Joe Hart, and whilst fans expected a resurgence at West Ham, they got the same old out-of-form Hart.
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