West Ham supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side edge closer to Premier League safety courtesy of a 1-1 draw with second-bottom Stoke City on Monday.
David Moyes’ men have been much-improved in recent weeks in beating Southampton and drawing with Chelsea, two results which moved the East London club six points clear of the bottom three ahead of last weekend’s round of fixtures. Yet it looked like their good work might be undone when Peter Crouch gave Paul Lambert’s Potters the lead at the London Stadium, although Andy Carroll’s wonderful equaliser clinched a vital point for Moyes’ side, thus moving them seven points clear of Southampton prior to the Saints’ 0-0 draw at Leicester on Thursday night.
Consequently, there have been many satisfied Hammers supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are growing in confidence that their team will indeed avoid the drop this season, what with their side six points clear with just five games to go.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident West Ham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a permanent move for goalkeeper Joe Hart this summer.
Yet the East London outfit would be absolutely mad to land the £10.8 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) permanently this summer, as he hasn’t shown a high enough level of consistency over the course of his loan spell.
Ultimately, the England international has no future at parent club Manchester City, hence the temporary spell at Serie A side Torino last season, and indeed at the London Stadium this time round.
Yet his exclusion from Pep Guardiola’s plans as soon as he took over at the Etihad Stadium in 2016 appears to have had a detrimental effect on the 31-year-old, who simply hasn’t looked anything like the goalkeeper that helped the Citizens to two Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014.
Hart endured a tough spell in Italy last season in conceding 64 goals and keeping just five clean sheets in 37 appearances for Torino, and he hasn’t fared much better at West Ham this term in shipping 38 goals in 22 appearances.
In fact, the 31-year-old struggled so much in the first half of the campaign that Adrian reclaimed the gloves back in December and then started the next 15 Premier League games – frankly, Hart hasn’t been good enough for years.
Yes, the Englishman deserves credit for his efforts in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea a few weeks back in making several fine saves to earn Moyes’ side a point, and just when one thinks that he could be regaining some form, he then makes an error against Stoke on Monday night.
Simply, Hart isn’t reliable enough to be West Ham’s number one goalkeeper in the years to come – ultimately, he hasn’t been at the level required ever since his Man City career was ended by Guardiola.
Thus, the Hammers would be absolutely mad to make a permanent move for the 31-year-old this summer.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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