Should West Ham sign Joe Hart permanently?

Joe Hart has been enduring the toughest period of his career to date in recent seasons, while he now finds himself at West Ham United.

The England number one goalkeeper previously fell out of favour at Manchester City and the arrival of Spanish manager Pep Guardiola signalled the end of his time at the Etihad. The former Barcelona boss saw no room for Hart within his setup and opted to sign the likes of Claudio Bravo instead, while Ederson has since taken over the main spot between the posts at the club.

After seeing his Sky Blues career come to an end under Man City’s newest tactician, the English shot-stopper was sent out on a surprise loan move to Italy, where he linked up with Serie A’s Torino.

Such a switch was supposed to kickstart his club career and help him continue England duties, while also attracting the interest from other sides back in the Premier League. It looked as if that was never going to occur when he made several high-profile mistakes in Turin surroundings.

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Even the Torino club president saw fit to slam the efforts of Hart between the sticks during his loan stint there, criticism which only added to Hart’s growing frustration. Despite such underwhelming performances on his Italian ventures, though, he was still able to attract another potential buyer.

Starting off with yet another loan spell, Hart was snapped up by West Ham United this past summer, as Croatian boss Slaven Bilic looked to bolster his squad with experience at the back. Hart has also managed to retain his place as his country’s number one goal guard, in spite of a lack of strong form at club level.

Hart was regarded as a great acquisition in the summer by the east London outfit, but his stuttering performances have continued into the new campaign as he looks under pressure and without confidence at times.

It may take until the latter stages of the current campaign for Hart to properly showcase his worth to the Hammers, as they attempt to recover from a slow start to proceedings under Bilic. The Irons find themselves dauntingly sitting at the wrong end of the Premier League table at this point in the season and they are seen at an outsider 6/1 with Paddy Power in the current West Ham betting odds to face a devastating relegation next year.

Perhaps it’s the pressure of having to battle for a permanent signing at a club after so many loan spells, but Hart will need to improve in order to secure such a deal at the Olympic Stadium beyond next summer. It’s clear that the goalie still has plenty to offer in the English top flight, and his experience at the top level, including winning the Premier League before, could be invaluable at tough times.

The England international stopper will need to be in top form for the remainder of the term if West Ham are to revive their fortunes throughout their upcoming clashes to gain vital points.

But he has the experience needed in order to bounce back for his current club, as Bilic aims to avoid seeing their bubbles burst completely before next May.

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