Bilic: Hart unfairly criticised

Bilic: Hart unfairly criticised

13 Oct 2017, 08:00

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes English football is taking Joe Hart for granted.

England's long-term first-choice goalkeeper, who is on loan from Manchester City at West Ham, kept a clean sheet and was named man of the match in his last international against Slovenia.

But in the past 18 months Hart has had a rough ride. He was criticised for mistakes at Euro 2016 and was then dropped by Pep Guardiola at City. More recently some observers have questioned his value to West Ham and suggested Jack Butland should replace him as England keeper.

-I think you don't appreciate him. I watched the game against Slovenia and he was man of the match, Bilic said.

Has he become an easy target? Yes. The guy is brilliant. I'm not just talking about goalkeeping now, the guy never slaughters anyone in the job, he is taking the bullets, he is there every single time whether he is at City or Torino or West Ham.

Hart is established as West Ham's first choice goalkeeper this season following the period of uncertainty that came when both Adrian and Darren Randolph vied for selection, and he will play against Burnley on Saturday.


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