Sunday, 21 June 2009

Hart to Birmingham

A transfer rumour that has been around for a while has intensified recently - Joe Hart looks set to spend 2009/10 on loan at Birmingham City. Over to SkySports.com:

He now appears to be on his way to St Andrews and Gold expressed his eagerness to conclude a loan deal for the former Shrewsbury Town youngster.

"It will be a disappointment if we do not tie up a deal quickly," said Gold in the News of the World.

This is obviously the best solution for all parties. As much as I'd love Hart to make it at City, the fact is that he's not even close to Shay Given's level. And as a 33 year old, Given ought to be around for at least the duration of his contract - which expires in summer 2013, soon after his 37th birthday. So Hart could be in for a long wait if he wants to become our first choice.

A permanent transfer in summer 2010 is the most likely outcome, but for this season at least a loan deal is perfect. Hart gets a season of Premier League football as he pushes for a place at the World Cup, while potential suitors get a better look at him in a new environment. I'm sure he'll do well at Birmingham, and should get in the 2010 World Cup squad. But it's a reminder that as we continue our upward advance, we'll have to cast off some good and popular players.

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k said...
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Joys and Sorrows said...

I run www.joysandsorrows.co.uk a Birmingham blog. We are really pleased to capture Hart, assuming we do of course!

He is a quality player, and as you say - we will definitely give him games which will help Man City but also the lads chances Internationally.

Kev