Opinion: Why Joe Hart is a genius signing even if he never kicks a ball for Spurs


Tottenham Hotspur signed Joe Hart on a free transfer this week, with the former England number one having left Burnley after his contract expired in June.

The 33-year-old joins the likes of Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga within the existing Spurs goalkeeper contingent in North London, a very experienced trio indeed.

It remains to be seen whether Hart will play a major role at his new club, or whether he will slot in behind the scenes as the club’s number three choice.

However, either way, I would argue that it is a genius piece of transfer business from Daniel Levy and Jose Mourinho.

One of Tottenham’s biggest problems in recent years has been a lack of winning mentality and leadership within the squad.

In Hart, Spurs are getting a man who captained his country, won 75 England caps, has played hundreds of games, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, and four Golden Glove awards. In short, this man knows how to win (Wikipedia).

The ex-Man City man is also not one to shy away from his responsibilities and is known to have a commanding voice within the dressing room, something Spurs are in need of.

You can see that Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing more leadership to the camp with his recent acquisitions. Hart, the ex-England captain; Hojbjerg, the ex-Southampton captain; and Ledley King, the former Tottenham captain and legend.

In my opinion, Hart will bring so much to the team away from the pitch in training, talking to the younger lads, and leading through experience, that whether he actually features on the pitch is irrelevant.

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