‘Joe Hart will NOT be happy on the bench’ – Former City man baffled by Pep snub

first_imgFormer Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has told talkSPORT he was baffled by Pep Guardiola’s decision to bench the England number one for his first Premier League game.The build-up to Saturday’s late kick-off against Sunderland was dominated by news of Hart’s absence from the starting line-up for City’s season opener at the Etihad Stadium.Willy Caballero was preferred in the starting line-up, as City went on to beat the Black Cats 2-1 and get Guardiola’s tenure off to a winning start.Reports on Monday morning have even claimed that Hart has been told he can leave the club, with Guardiola currently searching for a replacement number one.But Given, who made 50 appearances for City between 2009 and 2011, believes the Spanish boss would be making a big mistake to rule out the England glovesman without giving him a real chance to impress.“It doesn’t look good for Joe at the minute,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “Guardiola looks like he’s made his mind up, that he wants to bring someone in.“I don’t think Joe will be overly happy sitting on the bench. He’s 29 years of age, he’s got ten years left at the top level and he’ll want to go and play somewhere, I know that for sure. He’s hungry to play.“He’s a top keeper. People are maybe thinking about the summer, and he made a couple of mistakes at the Euros, but you don’t become a bad goalkeeper overnight. He’s still a top, top keeper.“He’ll be a big signing for any club, if he does move away from Manchester City.“It’s just a shame Guardiola hasn’t given him an opportunity. He’s come in and basically said he doesn’t want him and Joe’s not really had the chance to show how good a goalkeeper he is.”last_img

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