West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side capitulate in the second half of their 4-1 defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the North London giants off the back of a win and two draws in their preceding three league games, a run of form which put some distance between themselves and the bottom three. And they looked on course to extend their unbeaten run to four games when Marko Arnautovic cancelled out Nacho Monreal’s opener midway through the second half, only for an Alexandre Lacazette brace alongside an Aaron Ramsey strike to seal all three points for Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.
Consequently, there have been many despondent Hammers supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can right the wrongs of the second half on Sunday when they host champions Manchester City this weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident West Ham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that they have turned down the chance to re-sign goalkeeper Joe Hart for next season.
And while there have been some encouraging signs from the £10.8 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) in recent times, there’s little doubt that the Hammers have made the right call ending their interest in the 31-year-old.
Ultimately, the England international has endured a testing time in the last few years, ever since he was deemed a surplus to requirements by Man City boss Pep Guardiola upon his arrival as manager back in 2016.
Hart attempted to re-launch his career with Torino last term, only to concede 64 goals in just 37 games for the club, before trying to do so again in the Premier League this time round, only to again run into problems.
He started the season between the sticks for the Hammers, only for a tricky run of form and some errors to see him dropped in favour of Adrian back in December, whom then donned the gloves for 15 Premier League games before Hart reclaimed them against Burnley last month.
Thus, the Englishman hasn’t even been first choice throughout this campaign to further question whether he has the consistency to be relied upon over a course of a season, and West Ham certainly need that high level of consistency if they are to move to the next level.
Yes, Hart has improved in recent weeks, impressing particularly against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before making several good saves against Arsenal, but that doesn’t gloss over what has ultimately been another under-whelming season for the 31-year-old.
If Hart was to re-discover his City form for the East London club, then a deal this summer is a no-brainer, but that simply doesn’t look like it’s going to happen – as such, there are better options out there.
Subsequently, Moyes has made the right call ending West Ham’s interest in the England international.
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