Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were by far the best team in the Championship this season and the manager will now be a busy man, trying to add quality to his first team before the start of the next season. This has seen the Wolves linked with some exciting players recently and one name now doing the rounds is Joe Hart.
Wolves Ready To Give Hart A Life-Line
Having failed to impress on his loan stints in Turin and in London in the last two years, the English international, who has now also lost his place in the national side for the World Cup, is set to return to Manchester City, after West Ham decided not to extend his stay.
He has just a year left on his current contract and will be available on the cheap this summer. And reports now claim that Southampton and Wolves are both interested in his services. So should Wolves sign Hart this summer?
Hart And His Achievements
Having only broken into the first team at Etihad after his loan spell with Birmingham in 2010, the 31-year old spent six seasons as the first choice keeper for the club, winning two PL titles and four back-to-back Golden Gloves in the Premier League.
However, he was never given a chance to impress under Pep Guardiola, after he was labelled error-prone and failed to make a single league appearance under the Spaniard, who sent him out on loan to Italy in his first season and then to West Ham.
He managed 19 PL appearances this season, keeping just four clean sheets and though West Ham’s backline needs to take some of the blame, Hart hardly filled any of the fans with confidence.
However, with 123 clean sheets in 321 league appearances in England to add to 75 appearances for the Three Lions, Hart is an established star and is still an option for top-flight clubs in England.
Right Man For Wolves?
31-year old John Ruddy was the first choice shot-stopper for Wolves in the Championship this season, where he managed 45 starts for the club. He let 36 goals in but kept 24 clean sheets, which is right up there with the best in the Championship.
Hart may not walk into the first team but will certainly push Ruddy for a starting role, which will only improve the competition and quality in the side. He may not be the star player Wolves’ fans would have been hoping for but signing an experienced star like Hart, for a meagre fee, will only help them invest in other areas of the squad.