Not enough competition for Joe?
- Wed 10 Oct 2012, 8:31AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
The back pages are very much focused on England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers and on one man’s role in particular.
Joe Hart has had his fair share of media attention recently after some first class performances and City and England’s number one is in the spotlight once again.
According to the Daily Mirror, former England legend and World Cup winning keeper Gordon Banks is slightly concerned that Joe doesn’t have enough competition at club or international level.
“Gordon Banks fears Joe Hart could become complacent because of his lack of competition from rival keepers with either club or country,” writes the paper’s David Anderson.
“Banks, who was between the sticks when England won the World Cup in 1966, feels the Manchester City star is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”
“He rates him just behind Spain’s Iker Casillas, but is concerned his development may stall because he has no-one of a similar standard to push him.”
The paper also quotes the former keeper in his own words: “I don’t think he’s the best in the world yet - I think that’s Casillas, who came through very young,” said the England legend.
But the age Joe is, he stands a great chance of being the best - and he’s the best English goalkeeper by a mile, no question.
“But what concerns me is that there is nobody challenging him for that position. I don’t want him to get too over-confident - where he doesn’t have to worry about his place.
“When I came through, there was Ron Springett and then Ray Clemence. You couldn’t have a bad game and then say to yourself that you’d have to be in the squad because there is nobody else. You had to be on your toes.”
Elsewhere this morning there are claims that City are in a three-way battle with Liverpool and Arsenal for the signature of Crystal Palace prodigy Wilfried Zaha.
The 19-year-old striker has been touted as one of the hottest properties outside the Premier League and given his current form; it is not hard to see why.
“City have been tracking the £12million-rated winger. High-level talks have already been held at Anfield, while the Gunners watch with interest,” reports the Sun.
“Although the greater likelihood of regular football at Liverpool may be a key factor in Zaha’s final decision.”
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