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The highs & lows of ex-Man City GK looking to reignite career at Leeds Utd

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Joe Hart of Burnley reacts during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 28, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Joe Hart, currently at Burnley, is willing to take a pay cut to potentially reignite his career at Leeds United, according to Football Insider.

At 33, Hart is entering the twilight of his goalkeeping career, after four years bouncing from club to club following Pep Guardiola arrival at Manchester City. Hart has failed to make any real impact anywhere.

The England goalkeeper has been playing understudy to Nick Pope for the majority of the season. Coupled with the fact Leeds United ‘keeper Kiko Casillas has been given an eight-match ban for racism, the timing could be perfect for Hart to prove to many critics he is still capable of producing decent performances on a regular basis.

It’s understood that Hart is willing to take a pay cut to join Leeds Utd this summer – However with the plans for this season and next still up in the air due to the Coronavirus, we can only wait and see what league Leeds will be playing in.

With Hart looking to reignite his career, we take a look at how his downfall has panned out…

Manchester City 2006 – 2016

Joe Hart for Manchester City

The former Shrewsbury Town youth moved to Man City in 2006 at the age of 19, upon the recommendation of Tim Flowers, the Man City goalkeeping coach at the time.

A few loans to Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool and Birmingham City followed. In 2010 Hart moved ahead of then Man City number one Shay Given and was a permanent fixture between the posts for six years – winning five trophies in that time.

On the arrival of former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, Hart was sent out on loan to Italian Serie A outfit Torino.

Torino 2016 – 2017

Joe Hart in action for Torino

Joe Hart became the first English goalkeeper to make the move to Serie A. A new country and a new club was not enough to convince Guardiola that Hart was the man for Man City.

Following a tough start to life in Torino, he went on to concede 66 goals in 38 games. With his levels of performance starting to drop, Hart looked to move on.

West Ham United 2017 – 2018

Joe Hart’s loan spell for West Ham United

David Moyes brought Hart to West Ham United on a season-long loan. After conceding 10 goals in his first three games, the signs did not look good for the former England number one.

Hart went on to make 19 appearances for the Hammers but returned back to Man City.

Burnley 2018 –

Joe Hart of Burnley

Following on from two unsuccessful loans, Hart made a permanent move to Burnley for an undisclosed fee.

Hart started Burnley’s first 19 games, however, was dropped on Boxing day and struggled ever since.

Hart is out of contract in the summer and a move to Leeds United looks likely as he looks to play regular football once again.

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