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Flawless Lössl Hammers home Hart’s dreadful form this season


West Ham host Huddersfield on Monday evening and shows that their respective goalkeepers’ starts to the season cannot be more contrasting and the pair have had more than a hand in their teams’ results so far.

Flawless Lössl Hammers home Hart’s dreadful form this season

Hart would do well to take a goalkeeping leaf out of Lössl’s book of how to begin a new campaign and, despite the Dane experiencing his first taste of English football this season, he looks every bit the epitome of a seasoned Premier League goalkeeper.

Lössl comes out on top in every aspect of the head-to-head, including passing accuracy, and boasts a 100% clean sheet record, whereas Hart has failed to notch up a single league shut-out for his side.

Hart is having a howler

With both sides having played three games each so far, Joe Hart has conceded a shocking ten goals which has not exactly done a lot to address West Ham’s inability to pick up a single point so far in this campaign.

Sitting rock bottom of the Premier League table going into this weekend’s round of fixtures, the Hammers shot-stopper has mustered a measly sum of 0.9 saves for every ball that he has had to pick out of the back of the net.

Hart is an English goalkeeping stalwart at this point, having enjoyed years of success with Manchester City, yet since his recent move to West Ham he has severely struggled to assert any kind of dominance in front of goal.

In stark contrast, Huddersfield Town are enjoying their first ever Premier League campaign and they are flying high in third-place with a +4 goal difference. Everyone loves an underdog victory and, thanks to Danish keeper Lössl, we could see another one play out this Monday.

The 28-year-old has been an integral part of The Terriers’ impressive opening three games and, as a result, his team are positioned above the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur going into the weekend.

Not bad for Huddersfield’s first ever appearance in the English top tier.

Same division, worlds apart

The difference between the two squad values shows the respective under and over-achievement of the goalkeeping and team performances so far this season – West Ham’s squad value stands at over £196m, compared to Huddersfield’s £51.21m.

This disparity is compounded further when considered the fact that 10 years ago, Huddersfield barely managed to escape relegation to the fourth tier of the English footballing pyramid, while West Ham were coasting along in the Premier League.

Now it looks as though their goalkeepers are set to play particularly pivotal roles in determining the outcomes of their teams’ seasons.

Lössl has never even played English football before, having been signed on loan from German outfit Mainz FC ahead of the 2017/18 season, but has shone both at the Kirklees Stadium and away from home.

Whereas England’s number one and two-time Premier League winner Hart has somehow left himself with plenty to prove in his inaugural season as West Ham’s first-choice goalkeeper.

This Monday’s encounter against Lössl and his Huddersfield side looks unlikely to be the start of Hart’s quest for goalkeeping redemption.