By Joe Nelson
Stan Collymore has said Joe Hart should revitalise his career with a move to Arsenal.
In his column for The Mirror, Collymore said that Hart needs to regain his focus and prove that he is among the top keepers in world football.
At 29, Collymore believes that Hart can’t afford to waste time at Manchester City and should be looking for a move away from the Etihad as soon as possible.
The former England international believes that Hart has been spending too long on his brand image and not enough time on the training ground, as his performances have slipped in recent months.
“It’s OK doing Nike, adidas or goalie glove ads, looking mean and moody,” Collymore said, “but the fans have their own perception of Joe Hart now. He’s had a kicking and he needs to seriously refocus on his day job.
“So, today my message to Joe would be: Shave your head, drop the ad – and get back to basics.
“At 29, in goalkeeping terms, he is just coming into his peak years, so if he wants a future with England, he needs to bed himself into another club.
“I know they have Petr Cech – who is 34 – but why not Arsenal? I’ve always felt Hart would benefit from top-level competition and I think he’d be an ideal keeper for the Gunners,” Collymore said.
Hart has been linked to a host of clubs since the start of the season, after the Man City manager confirmed that the goalkeeper was not part of his future plans.
Collymore believes that if Hart stays at City, he could freeze himself out of the England set-up, with the likes of Ben Foster, Fraser Forster and Jack Butland competing for the number one jersey.
“He needs to get out before the transfer window shuts at 11pm on Wednesday, find a new club and start proving to people that he’s not the lost cause Guardiola – and maybe Sam Allardyce – thinks he is.
“Because let’s face it, his performances at Euro 2016 for England weren’t great. I believe his weak wrists were responsible for England conceding two shocking and damaging goals against Wales and Iceland in France.
“And there was no doubt England fans were pointing the finger of blame at Hart and many of them would gladly have taken his head off at the shoulders if they’d bumped into him.”
Cech has been a brilliant addition to the Arsenal team since his move from Chelsea in 2015, but Collymore insists that he is not untouchable and that a move to North London could be the best thing for Hart.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club has finalised this major deal worth a total of £63.6m.