Pellegrini could drop Hart after series of blunders

No matter how good a team or player is, there’s always going to be times where they make the odd mistake or two in high-profile matches.

But Manchester City have done this several times in the past year most recently when a series of mistakes saw them lose 3-2 by newly promoted Cardiff at the weekend.

Out of all the players to come in for criticism, Joe Hart is the one under the biggest scrutiny and he could even find his place in the squad under threat should the poor form continue.

Hart was directly responsible for one of Cardiff’s goals at the weekend and this has caused new city boss Manuel Pellegrini to rethink who starts between the sticks over the next few weeks.

If the England goalkeeper was to be dropped, it would give Romanian keeper Costel Pantillimon the chance to show what he can do after spending most of the last 2 seasons on the bench for city.

Pantillimon had previously wanted to move away from Eastlands over the last few months but the arrival of Pellegrini has given him a renewed vigour to breakthrough into the first team.

Pantillimon has shown some glimpses of promise for Man City against lower opposition particularly in the FA Cup last year where he didn’t concede any goals during his 5 appearances in the competition until he was replaced in the final by Joe Hart.

But Hart’s problems aren’t just limited to his club as the current first choice keeper is also finding his place under threat if the poor form continues.

Having also made a error that cost a goal in the win against Scotland, it was thought that Roy Hodgson may have turned to either Ben Foster or John Ruddy who have impressed for West Brom and Norwich respectively.

At the moment, his international place will be secure in the upcoming qualifiers against Ukraine and Moldova as Foster is thought to be struggling with an ankle injury.

Alongside that, Roy Hodgson has come out and publicly backed Hart to recover from the form stating that he stills see the City keeper as his top pick.

But with errors creeping in and his confidence getting damaged more and more, Joe Hart is going to need to re-assess his approach in the game if he to remain one of the top stars in English football

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!