It’s never nice to be binned off by the fancy new guy that everyone loves, especially if you haven’t even had a chance to show him what you can do.
Pep Guardiola basically ended Joe Hart’s Man City career before he even arrived by telling the world the England keeper was not good enough with his feet.
…Or so we thought.
That comment set in motion a series of events which included City buying Claudio Bravo before realising he wasn’t actually that good and spending big on Ederson and realising he was indeed very good.
On Hart’s side of things it spelled the beginning of the worst two years of his career.
He went to Torino on loan to experience the Italian way of life then came back to see if they really do eat jellied eels in East London with West Ham.
Neither move went very well at all and to make matters worse he lost his place in the England team and missed out on playing in a World Cup.
But all of a sudden Guardiola has brought Hart in from the cold and bizarrely selected him for Man City’s pre-season tour of the USA.
And Hart was clearly trying to make a rather desperate attempt to impress the City boss when they played Liverpool last night, you know, trying to dismiss the rumours he can’t play with his feet.
The strangest thing is, it might have actually worked.
Hart received a backpass with Mo Salah bearing down on him and instead of reverting to type and hoofing it as far as he could, he coolly turned on the ball and then played an outrageous backheel to his closest defender, nutmegging Salah in the process.
It was a combination Ederson, Alisson and David De Gea all rolled into one and for a split second you could imagine Hart being Pep’s number one.
At the same time it was peak pre-season and you get the terrible feeling Hart could be on his way out as soon as a permanent offer comes in.
Either way Twitter was thoroughly impressed with Hart backheel-nutmegging the Premier League’s best player last season.