It seems like Man City are just starting to kick into gear this season as they not only halted Liverpool’s blistering start to the season by holding The Reds to a draw but also beat Burnley 5-0 at the weekend in an incredibly impressive display.
Aside from the signing of Riyad Mahrez, there weren’t too many major incomings to City over the summer. In terms of outgoings, City sold long-term players Joe Hart and Yaya Toure and it’s the former that Pep may regret selling this year.
After two terrible loan spells it was quite obvious that Hart’s City career was over and in fairness to the club, initially, they were right to let him go.
Since joining, Burnley, however, Hart has enjoyed a return to some semblance of form and has been one of the standout players for Sean Dyche this season. With Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, out with injuries, Dyche needed an experienced goalkeeper to come and fill the void left in goal.
As Burnley struggled with Europe and poor early season form, Hart was a constant and has now established himself as a serious contender for the club’s starting spot when Heaton and Pope return.
Considering Hart’s poor form over the last few years, some may question why Pep made a mistake in selling him but with second-choice goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo having picked up an injury earlier in the season, Pep was forced to recall Arijanet Muric. The 19-year-old may turn out to be a good reserve goalkeeper but the fact remains, that Pep would’ve preferred someone with more experience to step in, especially if Ederson picks up an injury.
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