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What Next for Hart & Schmeichel

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New Vital Manchester City signing, wrestler313 sent us the following article.

With the news of Shay Given arriving at Eastlands from Newcastle, many Manchester City fans are of course delighted one of the best goalkeepers in the league decided to join us, however, what will become of current number one Joe Hart, and apparent third string, Kasper Schmeichel?

Given departs Tyneside after eleven fantastic years in the North East, and many thought the day would never come when he left, nevertheless, continual board room problems and a lack of success with the Magpies left the ambitious Given looking for a challenge.

Joe Hart's progress in 2008 has been evident for all in the country to see. As well as being the starter for England's successful U21 side, he earned the starting spot for City and turned in some good performances. Generally, he is seen as one of the upper-middle class keepers in the league, and one of the brightest goalkeeping prospects in Europe. He even won his first senior cap for England, in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in June.

This season he made 23 league appearances and 10 in domestic cups. Schmeichel enjoyed a great start to last season, starting the first seven matches and turning in good performances each time, including stellar outings against Manchester United and Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Hart's return sent him back to the bench, meaning he was loaned out to Cardiff City and Coventry during the remainder of the year. He has been rumoured to desire a move away from Eastlands, and this latest addition means it pushes him further down the pecking order. Surely, he must be sent him away from City in search of first team action.

At 22, he is no longer eligible for the Danish U21 team, for which he made 17 appearances, and should he wish to figure into the senior national team's squad, he must move.

Hart is just 21, but surely with the taste of first team football, this must have whet his appetite, and no doubt he will be frustrated with Given's arrival.

Given has a four and a half year deal, and there is no doubt he is still in his prime, therefore Mark Hughes will likely drop Hart to the subs bench, giving City perhaps the best goalkeeping depth in England.

Many thanks go out to wrestler313.



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Writer: wrestler313 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 3 2009

Time: 12:57PM

Your Comments

They are both young keepers and far from the finished article, They could get a start in most leagues, but they both have a lot to learn.This they can do from one of the best keepers in the league Shay Given. It will be frustrating for Hart to drop to the bench, but that does not mean he will never play for City again. The challenge is there for both Schmeichel and Hart. Schmeichel disappoints me with the attitude of wanting to move away instead of upping his game. Hart will I expect up his game as he has done for the last two matches. Its a competition boys and the winner gets a game.
Buzz Lightyear
Very good article and a very interesting point. I too am worried that JH will have the taste for 1st team action and if, in time he finds it diffucult to budge Given off the number 1 spot then he may want to try pastures new. Scmiechel is not such a bad loss if we lose him, I feel he may have been carried along by a solis defence last season and dare I say it maybe he is not premiership standard. Time will tell when he leave, we will just have to see which level of football he signs for.
Deejayvu
Spot on assessment Buzz. I'd go one further in saying that barring ijnuries, I think we've seen the last of Schmikes in a first team shirt.
Johnny Baguette
They are both on good contracts and therefore no reason to move. I am sure Scheimichel will go out on loan to a Championship side with Hart sharing the jersey with Given who does pick up the odd injury.
alphieblues
I think the writing has been on the wall for Kasper's City career ever since he lost the shirt to Joe Hart. Hart is in my opinion the far better prospect, and at the moment, the better keeper. Schmeichal has been reported as being unhappy that Sven "tricked" him into signing a new contract only to drop him, so I suspect that an initial loan spell with a championship club will lead to a quick transfer come summer. Jo Hart will not enjoy being on the bench, but I feel he will work hard enough to earn back his place eventually.
fifthcolumnblue
They are both on lucrative contracts at a Premiership side which has given them the opportunity to show what they can do. They will develop over the next decade into top keepers, but it is unrealistic for goalies in their early 20s to insist on games when there is a better keeper in the squad. Look at the experience of others: Scott Carson got just 9 games at Liverpool before moving around for games, at Wednesday, Latics and Villa before resurfacing at West Brom for a relegation fight. Keepers have to be patient and keep working on their skills. Joe will still get games for the new City.
Sindbad
Deejayvu, not being too mercinary here, but if hart does decide to move on, I would suggest we have enough money to go out and get us another world class keeper, but if Hart thinks he has nothing else to learn then thats sad, but I don't think hart thinks that way and will come back stronger and better having SG. in the side.
Buzz Lightyear
Hart should be the future england number one (on his form so far this season) - so it is a shame that he probably won't be in your first team anymore. I honestly can't see him staying beond the summer for you, surely? What makes it worse, is that given - whilst a fantastic shot stopper - is not actually a brilliant well rounded keeper. he doesn;t come for crosses, and personally, I don;t think he inspires that much confidence either... Kasper shmeichel looks like anothr very promising prospect - based on the games he played at the beggining of last season... I would have him at pompey for when Jamo retires in a few years... (if he retires - he seems to be ageless!)
pompeycarpet
Remind me again who was in goal for Pompey when we played them at coms this season, can't find the team sheet.
Buzz Lightyear
I think there is no doubt about it Kasper will be on the move come summer. He is not happy at number two so dropping to number three will be the last straw and with Dad whispering in his ear he will be off.
Doody
One will leave but which one ???
Tiny T
Comes down to attitude really doesn't it. If Hart wants to become a really good keeper instead of one with lots of potential then he will knuckle down, learn and realise that very few 21 year old keepers play in top clubs first teams. Where would he move: Arsenal, Rags, Chelsea, Spuds, Liverpool would all stick him on the bench. Villa?
kennyclementstache
good to see so many comments! i think man city are really in an interesting position here, it will be fun to see how hughes handles it
wrestler313
Jo Hart will not get first team football at any of the top 10 Premiership team. He is better off staying at City for the next few seasons at least, whether he is first choice or not. If he wants first team football he will have to move to one of the Prem's bottom clubs or the Championship's top clubs, and I don't believe that will do hid career any favours.
fifthcolumnblue
The other thing about it of course is that Given has had a his fair share of injury problems.
Buzz Lightyear
 

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