Joe Hart signs for Burnley on a two-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.
In a move that may seem surprising to some, considering Burnley’s recent success with English goalkeepers, they have gone after and got their man in Joe Hart.
It is a move most likely brought about due to the recent injuries to Tom Heaton (short-term) and Nick Pope (long-term), which left Anders Lindegaard as their only fit goalie, with the start of the season fast approaching.
Hart moves from Man City, having joined them from Shrewsbury Town in 2006. He has made nearly 350 appearances for City, winning two Premier League titles and one FA Cup along the way. His time with the Manchester champions went downhill, however, after Pep Guardiola deemed him surplus to requirements.
The England international made just the one appearance for City after Guardiola became manager in 2016. Instead, he spent the past two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham.
He will hope that this is the move that can revitalise his career, especially after missing out on being called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad this summer. He has made 75 appearances so far for England.
Members within the City hierarchy, such as chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, paid tribute to their now former goalkeeper.
“His 12 years at the club have seen him produce some remarkable performances and heart-stopping saves that will live in the memory for a long time to come.”
Questions remain, however, how he will fit into the team once both Heaton and Pope return from injury. A potential Europa League campaign for the Clarets may provide opportunity for more game time.