Player of the Year – No.2
Oops, not that one.
But there’s a similarity, our Big Joe was also one of a group of heroes.
Hand on heart, I never once doubted the man or thought him a bad signing when announced. He’ll do rightly was my very first thought.
The English wouldnt know a decent keeper if he was playing right in front of them. I say the English, in reality it’s mostly foreign managers demanding more from a goalkeeper than goalkeeping, and that’s where the problems start.
“Not good enough with his feet! Can’t play the ba out precisely enough!” is often heard.
Erm,,,have they cottoned onto the simple fact that’s why they are in goal?
They weren’t skillful enough to be outfield players but adapted their reading of the game and agility to stopping the ball actually bulging the net!
It’s a practice that very much helps win games.
But oh no, doing what it says on the tin isn’t enough for this ‘problem position’ anymore, one must have more tools in the locker.
Seeing as the ‘sweeper keeper’ is the current trend, Big Joe didn’t have a chance in the EPL anymore. Which makes me wonder, why’s Frazer Foster being lauded for he wasn’t great with his feet? Anyway, this isn’t about Lurch but his blonde compatriot.
One man’s loss is another man’s gain they say, and for once they speak true.
The very first thing I like about Big Joe is his attitude. He’s not larger than life, a full of himself character, God knows England has produced many. U
He’s kept his head out of the clouds and on the ground, and still has a genuine love for the game. That’s evident in his fan engagements, that he’s still happy to give up his time for supporters and fully engage with them shows a great level of humility in my book. And love of the game.
The dressing room needed experienced professionals, of the correct mentality. I can only imagine the man’s joy at finding a new spiritual home to showcase his skills, which offers him platforms he thought he would not grace again.
Upon leaving City, he wouldn’t have expected more silverware. He certainly wouldn’t have expected more Champions League appearances in front of huge crowds.
I dare say, this move is his dream come true.
It feels,looks, and sounds that way.
Heading out on the park with a solid keeper is so very reassuring, I haven’t felt like this since the aforementioned Lurch, unconcerned about events between the sticks.
One look at Joe and you think goalkeeper, one look at Barkas and you think eh?
His recent handling of broken glass-gate was perfect, he controlled events perfectly, laughing at attempts to restart the game until he and he alone was satisfied with conditions in ‘his’ box.
I was impressed that day.
He’s not perfect, but then who is, bar Henke, Kyogo, and G-Mak, Billy, Bertie, and Paul McStay?
It’s unfortunate he never reached Paradise sooner, but at 35 he has a few years left. The great Neville Southall played until 40 at a high level, and that was without modern science and recovery methods.
He shall preside for a while yet, the short term is covered. Not that I wouldn’t like an upgrade on his deputies, he’s rarely injured in order to witness them, he’s the first name on the team sheet in every sense these days. Great!
Joe comes across as intelligent, and as such I would not discount his remaining in the game and even at the club in some capacity once he does finally hang up the gloves after an illustrious career.
Future goalkeeping coach? Don’t bet against it.
Emergency appearance at 44? Ditto.
Overall I’m delighted with his capture and his season. Not sure how anyone couldnt be if truth be told. We’ve found ourselves a good one, he’s found a new home, and his passion again.
Big Joe, just like the man in the picture above, you’ve only went and pulled it off.
You’re our own Kelly’s hero.
Well done big man.
Joe Hart – Sentinel Celts Number two Player of the Year. The real reason he moved to Scotland.