Burnley shot stopper Joe Hart put on a fine performance for the Clarets in their 2-1 away victory at Cardiff, with the former England number one pulling off a string of fine saves to help cement a crucial three points for Sean Dyche’s men.
The 31-year-old, among these exploits, additionally earned the Man of the Match award – his first since England’s 1-0 win over Slovenia during their Russia 2018 qualifying campaign.
This season, Hart has made the most saves out of any goalkeeper in the Premier League with 34 and his shot to save ratio has also drastically improved, jumping from 57% last season to 76%.
This begs the question – does Joe Hart deserve to be on Gareth Southgate’s radar once again?
The former Shrewsbury stopper has not only improved his form this season to a point we are seeing glimpses of his Man City glory days, but he has also grown as an individual since being deemed surplus to requirement by Pep Guardiola two years ago.
In both his stints on loan, at Torino and West Ham, Hart endured the worst seasons of his previously glittering career. Even Torino’s president, Urbano Cairo, admitted he “didn’t expect so many mistakes”.
At West Ham the following year, things didn’t improve much.
The move to London was a chance to settle back into the Premier League and prove himself at a side that badly needed a consistent shot stopper.
Instead of providing the Hammers faithful with what they needed, Hart spent the better part of the season competing with Adrian due to his lacklustre showings.
But we now know, this wasn’t the end. We’ve all seen now there is still something special in his locker – it’s just taken two years of horror shows to drag out the best again after a dreadful Euro 2016 campaign.
Hart is a better player for it – having shown resilience and a desire to earn back his once glowing reputation. I see it, you see it, Burnley see it. Hopefully Southgate soon sees it.