Joe Hart is latest to leave Tottenham as rebuilding continues
Joe Hart wasn’t at Tottenham Hotspur for a long time to join for free last summer, but did his part last year and rewarded the club with a small transfer purse.
It was surprising to some when Tottenham Hotspur signed Joe Hart in August 2020. Hugo Lloris had been seriously injured the previous season and then substitute Paulo Gazzaniga did a solid job replacing Lloris. Whether or not Hart was signed to carry a clipboard or to serve as number two became pretty clear, soon enough, as Hart has been with the squad all season, and Gazzaniga was left out and ultimately loaned out. .
Hart was Tottenham’s second goalkeeper
In total, Hart made 10 appearances for Tottenham last season, with all ten outside the Premier League. Hart first appeared in the Europa League qualifiers, serving as a goalkeeper in both the third round and the qualifying play-offs. Hart allowed Shkendija a tough goal, where it took some late heroism for Spurs to advance into this third round game. Despite two goals conceded to Maccabi Haifa in the play-offs, the Lilywhites easily advanced.
Hart has performed better in his six appearances in the Europa League proper. Hart was the man in five of six group stage games, taking four wins and a draw with three shutouts. As Spurs advanced, Hart’s role diminished and he only played again in the second leg against Wolfsberger in the round of 16, a 4-0 victory for Spurs. Hart was on the bench for both legs of Dinamo Zagreb.
Hart was on each side of the day for the entire season, but only played two more games outside of those eight European matches. Hart started in the FA Cup in the third and fourth rounds with 0-5 and 1-4 wins over Marine FC and Wycome. It was Lloris, not Hart, who allowed Everton five goals in the fifth round and Lloris also made all four EFL Cup games.
Gollini and Whiteman make Hart consumable for Tottenham
There are rumors that Hugo Lloris is potentially unhappy at the moment, however Hart has gone consumable this summer. First of all, Tottenham have shown real confidence in the academy product Alfie Whiteman. Whiteman has played most of the preseason two games now and has done well. His highlights include a penalty save and he has demonstrated solid shot blocking ability.
The addition of Pierluigi Gollini on loan this summer is even more important for Spurs. Gollini has been signed with an option to make the deal permanent and is in a position to potentially compete with the longtime Tottenham captain at Lloris.
Good opportunity for Hart and Tottenham
Now, with two future goalkeepers outside of Lloris, moving Joe Hart has become a real possibility. At just 34, which is young by goalkeeper standards, Hart showed he was more than usable last season and with a stint at Celtic on the cards he could have the opportunity to play every day.
He is still a leader on the pitch and an imposing presence in the box. Plus, although he’s not a sweeper keeper, his leg is more than enough for a good spread. Admittedly, an opportunity to play every day and for Tottenham to be paid for a scavenged player for free makes this decision just too good for the player or the club to pass up.