Wasted: Two good men

Wasted: Two good men

MAN CITY v TOTTENHAM

Hart is City's leader in Kompany's absence Joe Hart could see as much of the ball as Roberto Soldado on Sunday night.

Hart is likely to start on the bench. Soldado might as well be on the bench.

When Manchester City host Tottenham at their imperious Etihad Stadium, talent will be squandered.

Playing potential will not be maximised.

Two good men may be wasted.

On talent and experience alone, Hart and Soldado warrant automatic selection for their respective clubs.

But the dramatic combination of a sudden dip in form, nervous managers pushing panic buttons and a formation that doesn't play to a striker's strengths have penalised both performers.

Hart's catalogue of mistakes is proving to be a meaty read, but his England efforts against Chile and Germany proved what Manuel Pellegrini already knew.

England's No. 1 remains Manchester City's No. 1.

Costel Pantilimon is an able deputy - and mostly ticked the right boxes against CSKA Moscow and Sunderland despite conceding three goals - but Hart contributed as much as Sergio Aguero in the 2012 title triumph.

His saves were worth at least 10 points that season and Pellegrini now finds himself in the awkward position of choosing between potential and pedigree. He has every reason to recall Hart and no reason to drop Pantilimon.

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