Shay Given: Pep needs Joe Hart back

Former Manchester City and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given says Pep Guardiola should seriously consider bringing Joe Hart back to City.

Guardiola’s men are fifth in the Premier League, a whopping twelve points behind leaders Chelsea and just two points above their neighbours Manchester United who are sixth.

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Is it time for Pep to recall Hart from Turin? Bravo’s conceded six in his last two games without making a save

City have managed one win in their last four league games – a 2-1 victory at home to Burnley on January 2, and have conceded eight goals in the process.

Given thinks Hart’s form at Torino in Serie A should make the City boss think twice about recalling him, even more so with Bravo’s indifferent form since joining the club.

“He’s doing well at Torino now but I don’t see why there’s not a way back for him,” Given told Sky Sports News.  “We saw this year with Yaya Toure he was out of the picture. He wasn’t even part of the Champions League squad, he wasn’t training with the team and he supposedly wasn’t fit enough.

 

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Given thinks the England International would certainly provide stern competition for Bravo 

“He has shown Guardiola he’s good enough to be in the team and he’s starting every week so, for me, there’s no reason why Guardiola can’t bring Joe back, if not in this window then in the summer.

“He would definitely be big competition for Bravo to start.”

Pep’s current No 1 Claudio Bravo – who was drafted in during last summer’s transfer window for £15.4m, has failed to make a save in 180 minutes of Premier League football. The 33-year-old was in goal during Everton’s 4-0 win at Goodison Park and City’s 2-2 draw against Spurs at The Etihad.

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Bravo’s had a tough start to life in England, keeping five clean sheets in 23 games for City

Hart has featured in 19 games for Torino keeping just five clean sheets, but the 29-year-old England international boasts a staggering 63 saves for the Serie A outfit.

Given – who made 50 appearances for the Premier League giants during a two-year spell, believes Guardiola never gave Hart an opportunity to prove himself, and thinks his ex-teammate desperately wanted to stay at the Etihad.

“It’s easy to sit here and say Joe would have saved that, not saved that or punched that cross away,” Given said.

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Shay Given claims Hart didn’t want to leave City

“It was a tough thing for Joe and I’ve said before that I don’t think Pep gave him a chance or the opportunity to show he could play in the system with the philosophy of playing out from the back.

“That’s the frustrating thing for Joe because he didn’t really want to leave Manchester City. He wanted to stay at the club.

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