Joe Hart’s record between the sticks since leaving Man City analysed
There are reports that Hugo Lloris has suffered a knock, meaning Hart could step in to feature against their bitter rivals.
The former England number one’s last appearance in the competition came on Boxing Day 2018 as Burnley lost 5-1 at home to Everton, while last season his only opportunities came in the League Cup.
But this summer has presented him with an opportunity to show what he can do, having been signed by Jose Mourinho at Spurs to play back-up and bring some title-winning experience to the dressing room.
Shipped out at Man City back in the summer of 2016 as new manager Pep Guardiola had concerns over his ability with the ball at his feet, his reputation has since taken a nosedive during stints with Torino, West Ham and Burnley.
He’s been a regular in the Europa League this season for Tottenham, but if Lloris is sidelined for the North London derby there will be plenty of eyebrows raised, especially with questions over Hart’s shot-stopping in the 3-3 draw away at LASK.
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But this is a goalkeeper that was England’s first-choice for seven years, racking up 75 caps, while he played a vital role in City’s first two Premier League titles.
Here’s how his record over that time compares to previous seasons.
In 266 Premier League appearances for Man City, Joe Hart* conceded 261 goals (a rate of 0.99 per 90 minutes) and kept 109 clean sheets.
At his best, during the two title-winning campaigns he spent at The Etihad (2011-12 and 2013-14), he kept 30 clean sheets from 69 appearances, conceding 59 goals at a rate of 0.85 per game.
During his season with Torino, they finished a respectable 9th place, but their defensive record was questionable. He shipped 62 goals from 36 appearances and at a rate of 1.72 per 90 minutes.
That sharp drop continued at West Ham in 2017-18, conceding 39 goals from 19 appearances (2.05 per 90) and the following year at Burnley, shipping 41 from 19 starts (a rate of 2.16 per 90). He kept four and five clean sheets in those two campaigns respectively.
It should be stressed, though, that he went from playing behind one of the league’s best defences and most dominant teams to playing for perennially bottom-half sides, so conceding more is natural.
Perhaps stepping behind Tottenham’s defence, who currently have the best record in the division, will help.
During his peak years, Hart would regularly register a save percentage of 75% or higher, with a rate of 78% in City’s 2011-12 title-winning season and the same in his 2009-10 breakout loan at Birmingham, where he faced a high volume of shots. That year he faced 196 shots on target and made 154 saves.
But that fell to just 66% during his last year with City, and it’s remained in that kind of area since. He registered 66% at Torino, was down at 60% at West Ham before going back up to 65% with Burnley.
In the Europa League with Spurs this season, he’s faced 13 shots on target from four games, conceding four goals with a save rate of 69% (via FBref.com).
During his regular seasons with City, Hart’s pass completion rate ranged from just 44% (2009-10) to 58% (2012-13), which perhaps explains why Pep Guardiola looked elsewhere (via WhoScored).
His passing accuracy at Burnley and West Ham, neither side who look to play out from the back, was at 45% and 44% respectively.
To put that in context, City keeper Ederson has a pass completion rate of 80% this season, while Arsenal’s Bernd Leno has a rate of 83%.
Fortunately for Hart if he steps in, Mourinho’s Spurs aren’t as focused as playing it out, although Lloris’ pass completion rate is up at 72%.
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