Date: 3rd February 2009 at 12:58pm
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New Vital Manchester City signing, wrestler313 sent us the following article.

With the news of Shay Given arriving at Eastlands from Newcastle, many Manchester City fans are of course delighted one of the best goalkeepers in the league decided to join us, however, what will become of current number one Joe Hart, and apparent third string, Kasper Schmeichel?

Given departs Tyneside after eleven fantastic years in the North East, and many thought the day would never come when he left, nevertheless, continual board room problems and a lack of success with the Magpies left the ambitious Given looking for a challenge.

Joe Hart’s progress in 2008 has been evident for all in the country to see. As well as being the starter for England’s successful U21 side, he earned the starting spot for City and turned in some good performances. Generally, he is seen as one of the upper-middle class keepers in the league, and one of the brightest goalkeeping prospects in Europe. He even won his first senior cap for England, in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in June.

This season he made 23 league appearances and 10 in domestic cups. Schmeichel enjoyed a great start to last season, starting the first seven matches and turning in good performances each time, including stellar outings against Manchester United and Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Hart’s return sent him back to the bench, meaning he was loaned out to Cardiff City and Coventry during the remainder of the year. He has been rumoured to desire a move away from Eastlands, and this latest addition means it pushes him further down the pecking order. Surely, he must be sent him away from City in search of first team action.

At 22, he is no longer eligible for the Danish U21 team, for which he made 17 appearances, and should he wish to figure into the senior national team’s squad, he must move.

Hart is just 21, but surely with the taste of first team football, this must have whet his appetite, and no doubt he will be frustrated with Given’s arrival.

Given has a four and a half year deal, and there is no doubt he is still in his prime, therefore Mark Hughes will likely drop Hart to the subs bench, giving City perhaps the best goalkeeping depth in England.

Many thanks go out to wrestler313.