Hart breaker if Adrian steps up
JOE HART has been warned that he could face a battle to keep his place with West Ham and England.
Hart (above, left) will miss today’s clash with the Premier League leaders at the Etihad Stadium because he is on loan at West Ham and City are his parent club.
His place will be taken by Spaniard Adrian and, if he performs well against free-scoring City, manager David Moyes has made it clear there will be no automatic return for Hart.
Adrian wants regular firstteam football – but Moyes insists he will not be sold in the winter transfer window.
“I need two experienced goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “He won’t be leaving here in January.”
Hart is currently the No.1 choice for England boss Gareth Southgate but that role could be in jeopardy if he fails to re-establish himself at West Ham.
“If you get the jersey, you have a chance,” said Moyes (above, right).
“If someone comes in, they have to show me they are good enough to play – and Adrian will get that chance as well.”
Moyes admitted that Hart has had an exacting season, combining excellence with occasional eccentricity.
“It has been mixed with Joe,” said the Scot.
“I have seen some good stuff and stuff which hasn’t been so good.”
Moyes was boss at Manchester United when they played Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in Europe.
“Bayern were very good and City are close to that team,” added Moyes.