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Is Hart worth making a Hammer permanently?

Filed: Tuesday, 28th November 2017
By: Staff Writer #3

As of the start of the international break, no team had conceded more goals than West Ham. For all of the noise that was being made about Crystal Palace’s start and the way they were shipping goals, the Hammers have surpassed their poor defensive record and currently hold the worst defensive record in the league.

If the Hammers are keen on making Joe Hart a permanent signing, should they be concerned by the 23 goals he has let in, in only 11 games? When assessing a team’s lack of clean sheets it is unfair to dump all the blame at the foot of the goalkeeper. If there is a lack of organisation in front of him, then a team is always bound to leak goals.

The recent sacking of Slaven Bilic and the overall performance of the side suggests that tactics have been the reason why Hart has had to pick the ball out of his net 23 times. Goalkeepers are judged on their mistakes and Hart is not without complete fault but is certainly not the reason West Ham find themselves in the relegation places. He could be the reason they climb with some fine performances between the sticks but as is stands the Hammers find themselves in a precocious position, with the odds for punters who bet online being listed at 9/4 for them to go down, it is early days still but it's clear that West Ham need to tighten up at the back to avoid playing in the Championship next season.

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Despite the volume of goals Hart has seen fly past him, it hasn't altered England manager Gareth Southgate’s view of him, as he was picked for the recent international against Brazil. Hart kept a clean sheet with the pundits praising his performance. Ryan Giggs said he “didn't have a lot to do but when he did he stepped up”. Giggs spoke of his concentration and said “he made himself big, it was really, really good concentration”.

Hart has been a victim of West Ham’s poor form and had a bad start to the 2017/2018 season. With the door seemingly closed at City, there could be a few clubs looking for Hart’s signature. When the goalkeeper with the second-best record for clean sheets in Premier League history becomes available on the transfer market, there should be very little to think about.

Hart has kept 122 clean sheets in his 313 Premier League games and has proved that with the help of an organised defence, he will keep clean sheets. The only other goalkeeper with more clean sheets is Petr Cech, who has 153. The 30-year-old Hart will surely retire with the all-time record as his best and most productive days are still ahead of him.

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Newly-appointed manager David Moyes should do his utmost to snap up Joe Hart permanently as he can use the England international to shore up his inherited creaking defence. Hart is one of the exceptional keepers in the league and contributes not only with the gloves but also as a leader. He is a Premier League winner and his voice in the change room will be a powerful one, especially if a relegation scrap is on the cards.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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