HATCHET MAN: James is right - how will Hart fulfil his potential now that Given has arrived at City?

09 February 2009 10:14
It is not often that David James makes much sense, but his claim that Shay Given's arrival at Manchester City is bad for English football is spot on.

Keeping the bench warm: Joe Hart has been forced out by the arrival of Shay Given at Manchester City.

How is Joe Hart going to fulfil his potential to become a top class international goalkeeper if he is parked on the bench waiting for a rare opportunity to stand in for the Irishman?

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  He needs games and City's wealth means he will not get them.

The transfer window demonstrated their commitment to gradually bringing through their young  players is no more than rhetoric.

If Hart is ambitious he should have been looking for a way out of Eastlands when City's interest in Gianluigi Buffon emerged.

Instead, he has paid the price for his loyalty and, with old man James still  England's No 1, it could prove costly for his country, too.

Source: Daily_Mail