For many years now, Joe Hart has spent his career playing second in command to his competition.
The former England goalkeeper joined Spurs last summer as a backup to Hugo Lloris and his career has certainly fallen from the heights of his Man City days.
The 34-year-old has made just ten appearances in a Tottenham shirt thus far (TransferMarkt). The majority of them have come in the Europa League, with Hart yet to make a Premier League appearance for the club.
It was a similar case at Burnley and West Ham United too, where Hart was a shadow of the version fans once saw at Manchester City.
Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards have described their sadness at the way Hart’s career has turned.
The pair spoke on Carragher’s The Greatest Game podcast, where Hart’s former teammate in Richards spoke of their title win back in 2012. The pair spoke of how ‘it is sad to see’ the way his career has seemingly fizzled out.
When describing his past experiences with the Tottenham man, Richards stated: “I know it’s not ended his career the way he has wanted to.
“Those seasons in the Champions League and when we won the league he was ridiculous.
“I feel very sorry for him. He’s more than that [a sub]. What’s he got, 60 caps for England?”
It certainly is disappointing to see how fortunes have turned for the goalkeeper. Hart was a consistent fixture for many years at international level.
Carragher also added his feelings towards the career of Hart, where he highlighted: “I think Hart is the perfect example.
“When you think of what he has done, he was England’s number one for five or six years, how long he played, what he did at Man City and just now he’s on the bench for Spurs you don’t want people to think about that.”
With his contract running until the end of next season, the Englishman will certainly be hoping to secure some form of European football in the remaining matches.
Spurs Web Opinion:
Joe Hart was the first English goalkeeper growing up that performed consistently at the highest level. It is remarkable to think that a player with his honours has finished his career on the bench of three clubs. However, it has to be said that many fans will look back fondly on his time at the highest level.
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