Premier League bootroom and brave Hart is on top of the world
21:48 GMT, 5 October 2012
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart looks inspired at the moment.
His match-saving per formance against Borussia Dortmund proved that once again he is up there with the best in the world.
From a technical point of view, he has tremendous reach and reflexes and he is fantastic in one-on-one situations, coming out of his goal at a rate of knots. He is so brave too.
One of the best: Manchester City keeper Joe Hart
But it is his maturity that sets him above others. After the defeat by Real Madrid last month, where he was culpable for the third goal, Hart was criticised by his manager Roberto Mancini for speaking his mind.
But he was taking responsibility and Mancini should be proud of that.
Your goalkeeper shouldn't be happy conceding goals. It's not been easy for Hart with every game feeling like a cup final for City, such is the difficulty of their Champions League group.
There has also been disruption in front of him with central defenders chopping and changing. As a keeper, you get used to the strengths and weaknesses of your centre backs and adapt your game accordingly, so it can't be easy for him at the moment.
What I also like about Hart is that he shows controlled aggression when it comes to shouting at his defenders – he's not a ranter and raver but he lets them know when they have made mistakes.
Everyone has their own style. David Seaman went quiet and used to blame himself if a goal was scored but with Neville Southall, you never looked at him when the ball went in the net because he was very vocal and would look to blame defenders.
Hart is the best England keeper we've had since Seaman. He's won the Premier League, the FA Cup and he's building a winning mentality.
He is well ahead of the game at just 25 years old and being at a successful club will only fast-track him to greatness. He is at a club where he will be continually challenged.
It is not easy following in the footsteps of a popular manager, so I sympathise with Michael Laudrup, who has taken over from Brendan Rodgers at Swansea. He's gone four Premier League games without a win now and that concerns me.
It is also hard to work out what style of manager Laudrup is as he never looks animated on the touchline.
He doesn't look happy and it's as if he's trying hard to keep his anger in check. When you are not playing well, it is often helpful to have the manager offering encouragement from the sidelines.
You need it. We'll have to see if he becomes more animated in the coming weeks.
England manager Roy Hodgson is not blessed with an abundance of centre halves, so it makes sense to have called up Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.
He uses his body incredibly well, levering his opponent away from the ball without giving away a foul. He's mastered the art of denying the attacker space.
And if he's good enough against top opposition in the Premier League each week, he should be good enough for international selection. It's now up to him to prove that. It is healthy to have a look at someone new. People were sceptical about Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka but they have blossomed.
Shawcross must now do the same.