Manchester City Transfer Deals Show That They’re Desperate To Regain Title

Manchester City today confirmed the signing of former Valencia winger Ferran Torres (Source ManCity.com).

The twenty year old Spaniard will boost Pep Guardiola’s attacking options especially after Leroy Sane’s recent move back to Germany with Bayern Munich.

Young Torres is clearly eager to work with legendary Spanish boss Guardiola:

“Pep encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love, and he is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream.”

Ferran Torres

It also looks as though Dutch international centre-half Nathan Ake is on his way to the Eithad Stadium, with Sky Sports reporting that the AFC Bournemouth defender is currently in Manchester taking a medical ahead of a proposed £41m move.

Pep has always worried about his central defensive positions, especially when it comes to having strength in depth in that position and after the retirement of former club captain Vincent Kompany last summer.

Are is experienced in the Premier League, is a ball playing centre-back and adds another homegrown player into City’s pool. All things Pep Guardiola either needs or respects.

These quick transfers should act as a warning that Man City clearly want their league title back!

They lost to the better team this term but they still have their eyes on the Champions League trophy, which would be no bad consolation prize but for next season they’ll be coming back hard for Liverpool’s Premier League title.

I doubt City’s hierarchy will stop with these two additions either.

I’d guess that the coach and his recruitment staff will be on the lookout for a new right-back and possibly another striker too.

Neither Kyle Walker or Joao Cancelo enjoyed particularly standout seasons last year for City. Pep might decide to sell one of them and bring in another right sided full back to add stiffer competition for that spot.

Up top, Sergio Aguero isn’t getting any younger and question marks still surround Gabriel Jesus and whether or not the Brazilian can lead the line on a full time basis in all competitions.

Someone like Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez could be ideal.

The Argentine would offer something different to City’s attack and he could even play in a two with either Jesus or Aguero.

Manchester City have already signalled their intentions with these early moves in the summer transfer market, Liverpool can’t afford to rest on their laurels or they might be in for a big fright when Pep Guardiola’s men kick off their 2020-21 campaign.

Biggest Contenders For Premier League Next Season

It goes without saying that the Premier League is the most competitive and most exciting football league in the world.

Each team is a threat to the throne and unlike other leagues, every game is fun to watch. This season was historical, especially for the team who won it – Liverpool. One of the most decorated clubs in England finally got their hands on the Premier League title after chasing it for the past 30 years. 

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The competition in the Premier League is now greater than ever. We will see a great battle for the throne next season. With that thought in mind, we decided to give you our top 5 picks as the best contenders for the title. Let’s check them out. 

Chelsea 

Many people thought that Frank Lampard would be a big flop on Chelsea’s managerial seat. To make things even worse, Chelsea were handed a transfer ban and Lampard was forced to play with the bad hand that he was dealt with. 

Well, all of those so-called experts were wrong. Chelsea managed to revive their strength and invested a lot of money in their youth. Lampard’s devotion to the club and his football intelligence made them a serious contender for the next season’s title. The ban played well for them as they had more money to spend on this transfer period. And all of the signings were awesome. 

Manchester City 

Pep Guardiola is probably the greatest manager of this generation. Even though they had a fantastic season, it was not enough. They are now keen more than ever before to come out on top and prove to Liverpool that they are the best team in England and the world. Guardiola is focused on signing a few defenders, which if he does, he will seal the leak that they had this season. Regardless, Manchester City is among the biggest contenders for the title. 

Leicester City

This may come as a surprise, but Leicester is actually showing the competitive spirit and are more than capable to win the league. Brendan Rodgers proved to be the perfect manager for this team. Even though they lost the Champions League spot at the end of the season due to the number of injured players which resulted in a bad form, make no mistake. They are more than capable of pulling a trick from their sleeve and reprise the glory from the 2015/2016 season. 

Manchester United 

After spending several years trying to recapture the team’s soul, Ole has finally put together a team that is worthy of winning the Premier League. The players proved to be hungry for success as they marched their way towards the fourth spot this season and secured a spot in the Champions League next season. We are excited to see how will the team behave in the 2020/2021 season and we consider them to be among the biggest contenders for the title. 

Liverpool 

This club being on the list comes as no surprise. We can all agree that Liverpool has the best team in their history and are currently at the top of the world. They managed to win the Champions League, Club World Cup, and most recently, the Premier League in just two years. Klopp’s boys have perfect harmony. This season proved how dominant this club can be. They were almost twenty points clear of Manchester City, who are also considered as one of the best clubs in the world these days. 

As of right now, Liverpool is the top contender for the number 1 spot next season.

Do The Scottish Media Expect Miracles From Rangers Man Alfredo Morelos?

The Scottish Premiership kicked off the 2020-21 season today and it was great to see Scottish football return, even though it was sad that our terraces remained empty.

Aberdeen and Rangers fought it out in the early kick-off with Steven Gerrard’s men edging out the home side at Pittodrie.

A lot of the post match coverage on Sky Sports focused on the performance of Gers hitman Alfredo Morelos.

To be honest had you not watched the game and just caught the post match analysis you’d be forgiven if you thought that the Colombian striker had endured a stinker up North.

The panel of Ally McCoist, Kris Boyd and Darren Fletcher were quick to question the player’s fitness and his appetite for the game.

Now this intense spotlight has been on ‘El Bufalo’ since his arrival in Govan in 2017. That spotlight has only became brighter with the news that Lille have agreed personal terms with the forward this summer and want to bring him to France (Source Edinburgh News).

The Scottish media will constantly point to his petulant behaviour, his poor disciplinary record and question his mentality. Now the problem I’ve got with that is that they often chuck it all together instead of looking at incidents on an individual basis.

Morelos at times has let himself and his teammates down with silly decisions or by making rash challenges but at times he has reacted to nasty tackles and sometimes the referees card him due to his reputation, he has had red cards downgraded.

Now let’s get back to today.

Sky were saying he wasn’t doing enough and was coming too deep. Fletcher basically said he was coming deep because he wasn’t fully fit and just wanted to show he was trying.

Yet look at the Rangers goal.

Ianis Hagi flicked the ball around a Dons defender, Morelos receives it inside his own half but facing the Aberdeen goal. The Colombian international has dragged Scott McKenna into a midfield position and his defensive teammate Ash Taylor is then pushed towards the ball and that leaves room in behind Taylor. Morelos then passes the ball through Aberdeen’s centre-backs and into an on-rushing Ryan Kent, who then produced a composed finish to win the game.

At no point did the Sky Sports pundits debate whether this was actually Steven Gerrard’s tactic all along. Have Morelos come deep and free up space in behind the Dons backline.

Athletic journalist Jordan Campbell was quick to point out on twitter that this is a tactic that has been used before regarding Morelos playing away at Aberdeen:

Sky’s trio also debated whether or not Morelos was really up for it. They did all that while showing a video package of the hitman holding the ball up and playing in teammates.

They then looked at his touch map and presenter Eilidh Barbour had to tell her colleagues that he actually made more touches in this Premiership game than any he played in last season.

Yet Kris Boyd again questioned where he was having those touches, only seven were in the Aberdeen penalty area. Now it’s a bit rich that coming from Boyd, who would often be dropped for the bigger games because he simply didn’t contribute enough in the eyes of legendary Rangers manager Walter Smith.

We also had questions about Alfredo being less sharp than normal.

Now this is one that I can get on board with but again there are clear reasons for this and not just the ‘He’s had his head turned‘.

Morelos does generally take time to get fully match fit, I don’t think it’s a weight thing, he just usually has European qualifiers to help him get up to speed quicker. It was the same in the English Premier League when lockdown was eased, players took time to get back to full match fitness and get used to playing without fans (Morelos does feed off crowds).

I also want to comment on Charlie Adam and the former Gers midfielder discussing the valuation of Morelos.

Adam stated on BBC Radio:

“I would get rid of him. If the money comes for him, I’d get rid of him now.

“Due to Covid, I think anything between £8m-£12m and you’ve got to take it.”

Charlie Adam

Now I just don’t get it. I hate it when people try and value a player, it’s all down to what a club is willing to accept and what a buyer is willing to pay. I honestly don’t think Charlie Adam has anymore idea on valuations than I do.

By all means explain to me why you’d sell him and discuss the players qualities but you want to sell him for £8m to a team that has just brought in £60m? Are you forgetting Morelos has scored 72 league goals in 146 games and a further 18 Europa League goals and you’ll need to replace that?!

Why does the Scottish media want to constantly cheapen our game?

Social media always sees people having a go at the striker but that’s more understandable as opposition fans will always dislike figures like Alfredo Morelos. But I believe that more of our journalists and pundits need to be impartial and back up opinions with proper debate. It is all becoming very tiring and I am starting to wonder if they really just want to run the young man out of town.

Raul Jimenez Would Offer Man United’s Frontline Something Different

Manchester United enjoyed a thrilling end to the season and their magnificent run-in brought with it a place in next season’s Champions League.

A particular highlight was The Red Devils attacking options with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood all standing out.

Yet at times when that fluid front three struggled to get in behind tough defences, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t have a Plan B to go to.

The Man Utd gaffer seems to be ready to rectify that problem with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford (Source The Mirror).

Serie A champions Juventus have also been credited with an interest, so United will have to act quickly if they really want the Mexican hitman.

I think it would certainly make sense for United to go out and bring the twenty-nine year old to Manchester.

In his two seasons in the Premier League, Raul has bagged an impressive thirty goals in seventy-six league outings. He has also scored nine in his last thirteen Europa League games for Wolves.

It’s worth noting that in those two years at Molineux, he hasn’t missed games due to any injuries. That resilience and his natural fitness could be huge for United when you think of the injury issues Martial and Rashford have suffered from in recent seasons.

It’s the playing style of Jimenez that would really give Man United something different and a much needed improvement in my opinion.

The Mexican is well known for giving his side a physical presence up-front, which United desperately need at this stage as they head into a new season.

The forward can hold the ball up and he’s extremely effective in the air, both qualities that can lead to goals for himself and teammates. Raul also has the ability to go slightly deeper and allow space for pacy forwards to run in behind opposition defences.

Jimenez’s current boss Nuno Espirito Santo just last month stated that the striker is a special talent and also said that the international attacker is also motivated to continually improve:

‘He has been working very hard and he is a special player. His motivation is to improve, he has broken the club record (most goals in a Premier League season) and he is challenging himself again and again every day.’

Nuno Espirito Santo via Daily Mail

That trait of always trying to better yourself would again attract a manager like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it’s a trait he also had as a player and something Sir Alex Ferguson always looked out for.

I truly believe that if a club is going to challenge for major honours then they have to have a Plan B, save Pep Guardiola’s Fc Barcelona team for a limited time.

It’s what helped Solskjaer and United win their historic treble in 1999. They had four strikers and they offered something different depending on what combination Fergie used.

If they were to bring in Raul Jimenez, then Manchester United would once again have a different striker in the mix that would offer them something physically up-top that they’ve been missing in the last twelve months!

Chelsea Old Guard Helped Them To Top Four & Could Be Vital In FA Cup Bid

Chelsea managed to reach their Premier League target for this season and gain a place in next season’s Champions League.

This weekend The Blues could secure the FA Cup if they triumph over London rivals Arsenal at Wembley.

Now for much of this season Blues boss Frank Lampard has been applauded for giving youth a chance at Stamford Bridge.

The likes of Tammy Abraham, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori have all shone at different stages this season.

But after the pandemic lockdown finished and football returned, it was some of Chelsea’s older stars that really stood out and helped the side gain that all important top four finish.

Willian, Olivier Giroud, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho have all stepped up and given Lampard’s side a solid backbone as they closed the campaign out.

Brazilian international Willian has created three assists and scored four goals in his side’s last ten games. The thirty-one year old’s contract expires after Cup Final and he’s been linked with moves to Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona.

Yet his stunning end of season form could see Chelsea agreeing to his contract demands with Sky Sports suggesting a new deal could be agreed some time this week.

Giroud is a World Cup winner and he has a history of grabbing goals in England’s top flight but for much of the early part of the season he was left on the bench as Tammy Abraham was given the striking starting berth.

Yet the Frenchman never took the huff and just waited for his chance to help out his teammates. That chance arrived earlier this year and after lockdown he’s been Chelsea main focus in attack. Giroud has banged in a whopping seven goals in his last ten games.

Lampard has triggered a one extension to key the thirty-three year old striker at Stamford Bridge and he’s been very complimentary of his experienced hitman:

“I’m really pleased, really pleased. Oli has to take all the credit from January onwards. We all know that he wasn’t playing much at the start. Tammy played a lot. I was never unaware of Oli’s talents, but that was just the circumstance at the time.” 
“But to have the personality, strength of character and talent to come in and affect things the way he has before the lockdown and then carried it on.” 
“He has always been big on the training ground and changing room for me, but I don’t want to talk about that too much because we have to respect the talent of the goals he is scoring. Players love playing with him, he is a reference point for the team and I am delighted to have him.

Lampard Via Sports Illustrated

Cesar Azpilicueta has been a Chelsea mainstay for years. He had a bit of a dodgy start to the season but by the end he was the leader at the back that helped gain the points The Blues needed. He helped his side to keep five clean-sheets in their last ten outings and he also created two assists.

Italian midfielder Jorginho only returned to the first team for six games in July but out of those games, Chelsea won five of them and he help kick things ticking over with his passing in the engine room.

In the final game of the season, which Chelsea needed to win to guarantee Champions League football for next term, Frank Lampard was worried about the goalkeeping position. In the end he decided that Kepa had made too many mistakes and he didn’t trust him for the important fixture with Wolves. Thus he opted to play veteran shot-stopper Wily Caballero.

The Argentine kept a clean-sheet and Chelsea pick up that vital win (BBC Match Report).

It has definitely been refreshing to see so many great young talented players getting the chance to shine at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard has been terrific in getting so much from these exciting prospects.

But as the race for a top four finish reaching a boiling point, it was impressive to see their manager realise that experience was needed to get them over the line. It was equally great that those older players rose to the challenge and helped their younger teammates end the season by reaching their main objective.

Now they have the chance to help them get their hands on silverware and be ready for next term!

Scottish Football Is Coming Back!

In conjunction with Supporters Direct Scotland, I produced this video as we all get excited about Scottish football’s return for the 2020-21.

I know some teams will have to wait slightly longer to get back onto the pitch and the fans will also have to be patient before they can return to the terraces but it’s exciting to see light at the end of the tunnel!

Arsenal Should Build Brighter Future Around Bukayo Saka

Copyright – Arsenal.com

Arsenal have got quite the array of young talent coming through their ranks at the moment.

Luckily enough they also have a rookie and talented coach in Mikel Arteta that seems keen to bleed these prodigious talented youths into his first team plans.

For me, the pick of the bunch and the player that could The Gunners next top star is Bukayo Saka.

Still just eighteen years of age, Saka has had a fantastic breakthrough season at the Emirates.

Always eager to impress and get minutes under his belt, Bukayo has made over thirty appearances for the senior side this term. He has impressed in various positions having played as a left-back, left winger, left sided forward, right forward, as a number ten and as a central midfielder so far this season.

Personally, I think he’s best suited to the attacking left winger role but being versatile will at least give him more time on the pitch.

As a creative force, Saka has shown some really mature performances in the final third. He has created five assists in the Premier League so far this term (Only Nicolas Pepe has made more league assists for Arsenal this season) and another five in the Europa League. He has also managed four goals in all competitions.

Bukayo is a very energetic, enthusiastic and skilful performer.

Last night in The Gunners 1-1 draw with Leicester City (BBC Match Report) he showed all his qualities. He ran relentlessly and was always eager to run in behind the Foxes defence. For Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal, Saka got in behind Caglar Söyüncü before skilfully getting beyond Johnny Evans and laying it on to Aubameyang.

Former Gunners forward Robin Van Persie loved Saka’s movement and assist:

Earlier this year it was announced that Bukayo Saka had signed a new long term deal at Arsenal (Via Arseblog.com). That gives Arteta time to rebuild his squad and have Saka play a pivotal role within his side.

Arteta has been extremely impressed with the youngster and will be delighted to tie him down:

“Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player. He has impressed me with his work ethic and attitude to learn and adapt, and it has paid off in his performances. I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals.”

Mikel Arteta Via Arsenal.com

The great news for Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal faithful is that this should just be the beginning for Bukayo Saka. The more he plays, the better he should get. He has an abundance of talent and hopefully he can fulfil his full potential at Arsenal!

Time Could Be Right For Man United To Sell English Duo

Manchester United have been very strong since the Premier League restarted after lockdown. They are now extremely close to a top four finish.

But when Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews this season as a whole, when it finally finishes, then he’ll probably assess his squad and decide on what players haven’t contributed enough. Those stars may be allowed to depart Old Trafford, freeing up funds to reinforce his pool with a better quality of player.

I think two England internationalists could be allowed to leave during the summer transfer window if an appropriate bid comes in for them.

The two in question are Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard.

This has been Phil’s ninth season at United and I don’t think he has ever fully fulfilled his potential. He’s only managed to play on eight occasions so far this season, of which only two of those have been in the Premier League.

Injuries have hampered Jones’ time at Old Trafford but so have mistakes. If Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are fully fit then Phil Jones isn’t getting a look in. At twenty-eight, it’s surely better for the player to move on and get first team football elsewhere and it’s better for Man United to offload that wage and bring in a player that will offer a fight for a centre-back berth.

Jesse Lingard has been involved a lot more than Jones but the attacking midfielder has struggled to make a real impact whilst on the field.

Jesse hasn’t bagged a single goal or an assist in his twenty league appearances this season. Bruno Fernandes arrived in January and the Portuguese maestro has become the real creative force in that number ten position and has pushed Lingard out of starting contention.

To stay at a club the size of Man Utd, endeavour simply isn’t enough! You need to provide more and as a forward thinking player you have to be able to change games. Jesse Lingard has gone too long without being able to do that.

Then you also have to factor in the fact that the England international forward only has a year to run on his current contract, surely it’s better to cash in now.

Former Red Devils hitman Dwight Yorke has stated to Stadium Astro that Jesse’s time could be up at United unless he does something between now and the end of this campaign:

“At 27 years of age, you ought to be a bit regular. If it’s not happening, maybe he has to look elsewhere. But for now, he’s still got some games and he’s still got to prove himself.”

Dwight Yorke Via Goal.com

There could be plenty of departures this summer for Manchester United.

I’m pretty sure the club will probably look to move Alexis Sanchez and Marcos Rojo on in permanent deals. They could also allow Chris Smalling to turn his loan move to AS Roma into a longterm transfer. I’m not sure if Andreas Pereira has a future at Old Trafford, he could be sold if a bid comes in. I would also be interested to know Ole’s thoughts on Eric Bailly. The Daily Mail have also suggested Juan Mata could be on his way to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

I still think that it could suit everyone involved that Man United add Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard to the list of players they are willing to sell.

To challenge for top titles United can’t remain loyal t underperforming stars. Sir Alex Ferguson was ruthless when it came to ending United careers and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to do the same,

Partey/Edouard In For Guendouzi/Lacazette Would Represent Good Summer For Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Artea will know that he’ll have a bit of a rebuilding job to do at the Emirates in the summer.

The rookie boss could do well if he keeps it smart and simple with certain deals.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey has been strongly linked with the Gunners all year. It’s thought that the defensive minded star has a £47m release clause (Source Goal.com) and that the Ghanian is ready to leave his current employers.

That all bodes well for Arsenal, who still need more energy, height and tackling qualities in their engine room.

Thomas has a strong passing average of above 84% in La Liga this term, wins around 2 headers per game and also 2 tackles per domestic outing too (Stats from Whoscored). He’s know for being able to win the ball and also holding onto it for his team.

Partey is rumoured to be extremely keen to join Arteta’s side (Source The Metro) and that could entice Arsenal to step up their interest.

Now it looks increasingly unlikely that Arsenal will secure a top four finish this term and that will mean no Champions League football for the Gunners next season. That will in turn severely impact on their transfer budget.

But alas maybe a deal could be done that will see forward Alexandre Lacazette move in the opposite direction. The striker has done a decent job in North London but the main goal threat comes from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who Arsenal still need to tie down to a long term deal (if they can).

Los Rojiblancos are known to be long time admirers of the French striker and so a straight swap could suit all parties!

If Thomas Partey were to arrive at The Emirates, then you could imagine that Arteta would be able to free some more funds by selling off one of his current central midfielders.

Granit Xhaka has had a few nightmares since joining Arsenal in 2016. Earlier in this campaign his career in London seemed to be over after he fell out with his own supporters but his performances have vastly improved under Arteta’s guidance and I’d imagine his stay will continue beyond this summer.

Lucas Torreira is a real battler and a bit of a fan favourite but the Uruguayan international has still to win a regular place in the Arsenal starting eleven. His future remains unclear.

The biggest question mark surrounds Matteo Guendouzi. The young French middle man was extremely popular under former boss Unai Emery but his discipline has been called into question under his new gaffer.

Matteo was criticised with his antics during his side’s recent Premier League loss to Brighton. Afterwards it was reported that he made quips at opponents about their wage compared to his.

He has since been dropped by Arteta, who then confirmed it was down to an ‘internal matter‘:

“Whatever internal issue we have, we deal with it privately.

“The needs of the team and the football club are always the same – put the best players on the pitch who are 100 per cent focused on winning the game.”

Mikel Arteta via Talksport

If the Spanish coach believes Guendouzi has problems with ill discipline then it could be better off selling the youngster. Plus he’ll know that he could get a very decent price for the twenty-one year old, especially if a superpower like PSG or Barcelona are interested in his signature.

Now while The Gunners have quite a few talented young forwards on their books, you’d still expect them to bring in another central striker if Lacazette were to move to Atletico Madrid.

A potential readymade replacement could be Celtic hitman Odsonne Edouard.

The French under-21 internationalist has been in superb form for The Scottish Premiership champions since is arrival in 2017.

He has bagged 62 goals in 126 appearances for The Hoops. He’s a big game player scoring multiple times against main rivals Rangers, in Cup Finals and eleven times in Europe!

The striker can play as a solo front-man or as a partner with others. Odsonne has both pace and power. He can come deep, freeing up room for a fellow forward – ideal for someone like Aubameyang. Edouard can also run at or in behind defences. He holds the ball up well and brings others into the game.

His style and attributes aren’t too dissimilar to that of Alexandre Lacazette. Edouard’s current deal runs out in 2022, if he doesn’t sign a new one then this summer could be Celtic’s best chance of getting an optimum fee for the Frenchman.

By bringing in two players like Thomas Partey and Odsonne Edouard and selling Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi, Arsenal would be getting two fresh ambitious faces and players that would be eager to impress Mikel Arteta.

It could also leave a wee bit of cash in the pot for Arsenal to rectify that dodgy defence – HintThiago Silva is not the answer!

Celtic Shouldn’t Take Gamble On Joe Hart

I am not totally surprised to see Celtic being linked with former England and Manchester City number one Joe Hart (Source The Scotsman).

It wouldn’t really surprise me if the Scottish Premiership champions were happy to see their name linked with the goalkeeper. They do need a new shot-stopper given Fraser Forster has returned to Southampton after his loan spell last term and former number one Craig Gordon leaving to rejoin Hearts this summer (Confirmed by HeartsFC.co.uk)

Now I don’t think The Hoops are actively looking to seal a deal with Hart, I actually think they’ll be more inclined to use the speculation as a bargaining chip to use in their transfer negotiations to bring Forster back to Parkhead from Southampton.

If Neil Lennon and Celtic’s hierarchy are serious in regards to Joe Hart, then I would urge extreme caution.

In his prime, Hart was a very good goalie at City and with England. He was cock of the north and loved the adulation that came with being number one for both club and country.

Joe was never the best keeper in the world, as he wasn’t great with his distribution and had the odd mistake within his game but saying that he had plenty of self confidence and had terrific reflexes.

Unfortunately that wasn’t enough for Pep Guardiola and when the legendary coach arrived at The Etihad he instantly decided that Hart didn’t fit in with his plans and need for a sweeper keeper.

Hart wasn’t helped by the fact he had also endured a poor Euros in 2016, two of his mistakes led to goals against his own team.

Hart was quick to realise that his time was up at Man City:

“I spent not a great deal of time with him but we immediately had a difference in opinion in how our careers were going to go. I was up against a superpower.

Joe Hart Via Manchester Evening News

Now in the four years since Guardiola’s arrival, City have gone from strength to strength and unfortunately for Joe his career has totally spiralled in the opposite direction.

A loan move to Serie A with Torino was marred by too many individual errors by the shot-stopper.

West Ham United then took him on loan during the next season and he ended that campaign on the bench as again too many mistakes crept into his game.

The goalkeeper then moved on a permanent deal to Burnley and he’s been there for the last two years.

In his first year at Turf Moor, he played in nineteen Premier League games but that was more out of necessity than due to his performance. He arrived with Nick Pope and Tom Heaton out injured. They would both overtake Hart in Sean Dyche’s plans once they were fully fit again. Ironically both were also ahead of Hart in the pecking order for England.

Joe didn’t make a single league appearance in the 2019-20 campaign for The Clarets and it was announced that he’d leave the club this month (From Daily Mail).

In all honesty Joe Hart has been a broken man since his City departure. He has lost that confidence that would see him get the best out of himself. Plus he still has all those failings that saw Pep dump him in the first place.

Why would Celtic gamble on a goalie that is past his best, just when they ‘re in the hunt for that elusive tenth league title in a row.

I don’t think he’s as good as Fraser Forster and in the last four years I don’t think he has been as good as the now departed Craig Gordon.

I’m not saying that Joe Hart couldn’t do a job at Celtic but when the chips are down can you bank on him not making a mistake in a game that really mattered?

There are better options out there and I just can’t see many upsides in Celtic bringing in a keeper that’s well past his peak!