The England no.1 was breached three times by newly-promoted Cardiff.
Former Manchester City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver says Joe Hart should be dropped after a sub-standard display in the 3-2 defeat to Cardiff on Sunday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side were vanquished by the Premier League newcomers at the Cardiff City Stadium with Hart reproachable for at least two of the Bluebirds’ goals in the second half and Weaver feels he could benefit from a spell out of the City limelight.
The 26-year-old’s form dipped considerably last season compared with his imperious consistency in the 2011/12 title-winning campaign but Weaver is backing the the England no.1 to rediscover his best sooner rather than later.
“It’s not a crisis,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “When you get to the top of the game, like Joe Hart has, then you’re there to be shot at.
“When I look back at my career I played a lot of games early on and it might have been good if someone had pulled me out of the team for four or five weeks, then you could come back refreshed and recharged.”
“I’ve got no concerns about Joe [in the long-term],” he added. “He’s a world class goalkeeper and every game Man City play at the moment is in the spotlight.
“He’s played a lot of football in the last couple of years. I’m sure Joe will bounce back, it’s a big season for him and I’m sure he’ll be great. He’ll be back to his best very soon.”
Weaver, currently the custodian at Aberdeen, spent a decade with City before leaving in 2007 and is most remembered for saving the deciding penalty in the Second Division play-off final shoot-out against Gillingham in 1999.