Sam Hart

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Sam Hart
Personal information
Full name Samuel James Hart
Date of birth (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Horwich, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left-back; left-winger
Club information
Current team
Rochdale
(on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
Number 21
Youth career
Manchester United
2013–2016 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Liverpool 0 (0)
2016–2017 Port Vale (loan) 11 (1)
2017– Blackburn Rovers 3 (0)
2018 Rochdale (loan) 3 (0)
2018– Rochdale (loan) 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:42, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Samuel James Hart (born 10 September 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a left-back for EFL League One club Rochdale, on loan from EFL Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

He began his career at Liverpool, where he made his first-team debut in a pre-season friendly in August 2016. He played on loan at Port Vale during the 2016–17 season, and was sold on to Blackburn Rovers in August 2017. He joined Rochdale on loan in January 2018 and again for the 2018–19 season.

Playing career

Liverpool

Hart moved from the Manchester United Academy to the Liverpool Academy whilst an under-16 level player.[1] He made his first appearance for Liverpool on 7 August 2016, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 4–0 friendly defeat to Mainz 05 at the Opel Arena.[2]

In August 2016, Hart joined League One side Port Vale on loan for the 2016–17 season, as manager Bruno Ribeiro needed cover for injured duo Kiko and Adam Yates.[3] He made his debut in professional football on 27 August, coming on as a 83rd-minute substitute for Jerome Thomas in a 3–1 win over Scunthorpe United at Vale Park.[4] With Thomas injured, Hart made his first league start on 27 September, playing at left-wing in a 3–1 home win over Millwall.[5] His performance impressed Ribeiro, who stated that Hart played well enough to guarantee himself either the left-back or left-wing spot in the next game.[6] He scored his first goal in senior football on 29 October, in a 3–1 defeat to hometown club Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium.[7] Hart's loan deal was cut short after Michael Brown succeeded Ribeiro as manager in January 2017; he had made 12 starts and four substitute appearances for the "Valiants", often out of position on the left and right-wing.[8] He was reportedly targeted by Grimsby Town for a loan deal in July 2017.[9]

Blackburn Rovers

On 31 August 2017, Hart signed a two-year deal with League One side Blackburn Rovers after he was purchased for an undisclosed fee.[10] On 18 January 2018, he joined fellow League One side Rochdale on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season, having featured just seven times for Tony Mowbray's Rovers.[11] Manager Keith Hill needed cover at left-back having sold Joe Bunney to Northampton Town.[12] Hart featured just three times for the "Dale" during his time at Spotland, though came on as a substitute in the final day win over Charlton Athletic that secured the club's League One status.[13]

On 30 August 2018, Hart returned to Rochdale on loan for the remainder of the 2018–19 season.[14] He said "I’m really happy. I have got a bond with the football club and the people here, so I am excited to be back".[15]

Style of play

Hart was described by the Liverpool website as "a left-back, who relishes going forward and poses a real threat when pushing on down the flank", and someone who "can carry the attack with his fine athletic profile - but he's also very strong in the tackle".[16]

Career statistics

As of match played 18 January 2018.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2016–17[17] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Port Vale (loan) 2016–17[17] League One 11 1 2 0 0 0 3[a] 0 16 1
Blackburn Rovers 2017–18[18] League One 3 0 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 7 0
2018–19[19] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
Rochdale (loan) 2017–18[18] League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2018–19[19] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 17 1 4 0 0 0 5 0 26 1
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the EFL Trophy

References

  1. ^ "Meet the Academy... Sam Hart". liverpoolfc.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Match report: Defeat for Reds in Mainz in final pre-season friendly". liverpoolfc.com. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. ^ Baggaley, Mike (25 August 2016). "Port Vale sign Liverpool defender Sam Hart on loan". The Sentinel. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Port Vale v Scunthorpe United". BBC Sport. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  5. ^ Baggaley, Mike (27 September 2016). "Port Vale 3, Millwall 1 REPORT: Super Vale are credit to manager". The Sentinel. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  6. ^ Baggaley, Mike (30 September 2016). "Port Vale v Coventry: Bruno Ribeiro ready to stick with Sam Hart". The Sentinel. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 3 - 1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  8. ^ Baggaley, Mike (11 January 2017). "Sam Hart returns to Liverpool from Port Vale". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  9. ^ Findlater, James (3 July 2017). "Town targeting Liverpool youngster?". Grimsby Telegraph. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Sam signs!". Blackburn Rovers. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Sam Hart: Rochdale sign defender on loan from Blackburn Rovers". BBC Sport. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Rovers full-back Sam Hart joins League One side Rochdale on loan". Lancashire Telegraph. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Hart Excited To Be Back At Rochdale". rochdaleafc.co.uk. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Sam Hart: Blackburn Rovers defender rejoins Rochdale on loan". BBC Sport. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Football: Sam Hart joins Rochdale on loan from Blackburn Rovers". www.rochdaleonline.co.uk. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Liverpool FC". liverpoolfc.com. Archived from the original on 16 October 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Hart in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Hart in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Sam Hart in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 September 2017.

External links

  • Sam Hart at Soccerbase
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