It’s fair to say it hasn’t been the easiest of rides for Claudio Bravo since arriving at Manchester City.
Since he joined Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, the Chilean has been under constant scrutiny.
It was always going to be a tough task replacing the fans’ favourite Joe Hart, but former Barcelona man Bravo has been disappointing.
Publicly, Guardiola has backed Bravo since day one.
He made a clanger on his debut against Manchester United but the Spaniard claimed Bravo was the reason City won the game.
But, out of the blue, Guardiola dropped him and brought in Willy Caballero for the midweek win at West Ham.
He said: “I felt that Willy should play.
“Of course confidence is important.
“I still have the same confidence in Willy and Bravo but I thought it was time to play with Willy.”
What has Claudio Bravo done to be dropped?
The Chilean has conceded 28 goals in 22 games this season, and out of the 22 Premier League goalkeepers who have played more than 10 games this season, he is bottom in terms of saves per goal conceded.
For every goal he has let in, the 33-year-old has made just 1.08 saves.
At the other end of the spectrum, Stoke’s Lee Grant has made 2.87 saves for every goal conceded.
Bravo hasn’t even made a save since January 2, against Burnley.
Since then he’s let in six goals – two against Tottenham in a 2-2 draw, and the four in Everton’s 4-0 thrashing of City.
How does he compare to Willy Caballero?
Obviously, Bravo has played in a lot more league games than Caballero this season – 19 compared to just four – but the two now appear to be fighting for a starting role at the Etihad.
Bravo has tended to make more saves per game (1.37) than Caballero (1.25).
Bravo is bottom of 22 Premier League goalkeepers playing more than 10 games this season in terms of saves per goal conceded as we said earlier, and it has to be noted Caballero has a better saves per goal conceded ratio as well.
He makes 1.67 saves for every goal conceded.
Bravo tends to make more punches per game than Caballero (0.42 to 0.25), as well as more catches per game (1.53 to 1.5).
With Guardiola wanting goalkeepers to be comfortable on the ball, it’s unsurprising they both have the same percentage of distribution accuracy – 74 per cent.
But Bravo tends to play much longer passes than Caballero – his average distribution length is 41m compared to 27m.
Is Joe Hart the answer?
If you look at the league form of the three keepers on City’s books, Hart comes out on top in a number of categories.
He has made more saves per game (2.9) at Torino than the other two.
The England international also has made more saves per goal conceded (2.07) than Caballero and Bravo.
He has averaged the same amount of clean sheets as Caballero (0.25), while he also makes most punches (0.7) and catches (3.05) per game.
But he was sent away from City because Guardiola did not believe he was good enough with the ball at his feet, and indeed, out of the three, he has the lowest distribution accuracy (70 per cent).
You also have to remember that while Hart is a good keeper, he was not in the Premier League’s elite.
If you asked a Manchester United fan if they would rather Hart than de Gea, it would be very unlikely if anyone would want to swap the two.
That is also likely to be the case with Chelsea fans and Thibaut Courtois, Tottenham fans and Hugo Lloris and Arsenal fans and Petr Cech.
Hart had a poor Euro 2016, making notable mistakes for Gareth Bale’s goal against Wales and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s winner for Iceland.
Bravo may not have been the perfect replacement, but Hart probably needed to be shown the door for Guardiola to try and take City to the next level.
What will happen?
Now Guardiola has dropped Bravo, it looks likely he will try and find a new first choice goalkeeper in the summer.
It probably won’t be Caballero – who at 35 is a good backup, but not the guy you want to symbolise a new era.
Hart’s City career is over. He simply doesn’t fit what Guardiola wants. And he probably isn't good enough to compete among the top goalkeepers in the world.
The future could be Geronimo Rulli.
According to Mundo Deportivo, City have an option of buying the Real Sociedad goalie for €14million Euros in the next three summer windows.
And bringing in 34-year-old Bravo this summer may have actually been a stop gap for one or two seasons, until the man who Guardiola really wants arrives at the Etihad.