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JOE Hart watched from the bench this weekend as Burnley put a huge dent in Tottenham’s title challenge with a 2-1 win at Turf Moor. To rub salt in the wound, Hart’s fellow Englishman, goalkeeper and teammate, Tom Heaton, had a blinder between the sticks - brilliantly denying Kane twice before he eventually tapped in his 15th goal of the season.
Sadly for Manchester United fans, Kane’s goal wasn’t enough to win the match for Spurs, but they can take solace in the fact that the result may have effectively finished the ex-City goalkeeper’s top-flight career.
Since Tom Heaton regained his place as Burnley’s first choice goalkeeper, the Clarets have turned their poor start to the season around, climbing to 13th in the Premier League. Hart’s last stint between the sticks for Burnley in the Premier League was a dismal 5-1 loss to - fellow strugglers this season - Everton, at Turf Moor.
Since then, Heaton oversaw a 2-0 win over West Ham in his first game back, followed up by progression in the FA Cup at the expense of Barnsley, vital wins over Fulham and Huddersfield, as well as two great draws at Old Trafford and Vicarage Road.
Hart has taken a lot of criticism since his fall from grace at Manchester City and you have to admire his willingness to reinstall himself as a world class goalkeeper by venturing abroad and travelling to other Premier League outfits. At this moment in time, it doesn’t look as though these moves have done any good.
Despite being a part of the team that avoided relegation at West Ham, he has still struggled at the highest level in Premier League games to really stamp his authority or show some of his old form. Which must leave some professionals asking the question - will Joe Hart ever be a first choice keeper in one of the top leagues again?
In the past, the 4-time Golden Glove winner has been criticised for his excitability and questioned over his mentality going into football matches, and these views have been maintained this season. The quality is there, no doubt about it, but Joe must learn to keep his cool and to once again become an immovable force in goal.
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