Now that Premier League champions Manchester City have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Malaga, we’ve had a drill down into last year’s Premier League and La Liga data and rolled out our unique bwinfographics to determine just how concerned England’s Joe Hart should be regarding his place.
We won’t lie to you Joe, it’s not looking great.
Where Willy wins
Despite finishing 11th in Spain’s top flight last term, Malaga conceded fewer goals than 13 other teams in the division, shipping just three more than Keylor Navas-inspired Levante.
It’s clear that this was largely due to Caballero’s shot-stopping prowess, but the stat that should really worry Hart is the pair’s contrasting claim success.
The Argentine held on to 107 of the 108 balls he came for in La Liga last term, whereas Hart missed three of the 71 that floated into his path.
In Hart’s defence
Head and Shoulders’ most high-profile salesman may have endured a tricky 2013/14 at City, with unheralded Romanian giant Costel Pantilimon claiming his place for a large chunk of the campaign, but a record of 13 clean sheets from 31 Premier League matches shows Hart hasn’t become hopeless all of a sudden.
However, it’s clear from the above graphic that the areas where Hart bettered Caballero last term were few, with the supremacy minimal.
The Shrewsbury native’s backers will point to the notion that it’s much easier to stand out in goal for a mid-table La Liga team than for a side vying to win the Premier League, but Hart and Caballero’s similar goals-per-game records render that theory redundant.
Pellegrini was widely expected to bring in his old goalie 12 months ago, but was clearly convinced – either by Hart’s performances in pre-season or his employers – to shelve such plans.
Following a season of relative woe for the England number one, who was benched for seven Premier League games in a row following an October match-losing blunder at Chelsea, it looks likely Hart will require a loan move away from the Etihad if he wishes to stay in Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson’s thoughts, because his City spot is about to be taken.