Nigerian and Torino Midfielder Joel Obi has been speaking on how the acquisition of English net minder Joe Hart by his Italian club Torino brought confidence to the entire team
The Nigerian was speaking to the SUN UK and labelled his new teammate as a ‘Rolls Royce’ of a goalkeeper.
The English No 1 joined the Serie A club on loan from Manchester City in the summer and has been in fine form between the sticks for Il Toro in recent matches.
“To have a goalkeeper like him changed the mood in the dressing room,” Obi said of Hart.
“We felt like we’d bought a Rolls-Royce and the confidence level went through the roof.
“He’s hard working and just got straight down to business from day one.
“You would think he has been a part of the club for couple of years.
“Some felt he was poorly treated at City but he didn’t want sympathy from anyone. He just wanted to play football.
“He motivates the team and pushes everyone to give it their all. He says stuff like ‘just do your job and I will not concede’. I think that extra desire not to fail has been a big factor for us.
“He hates to concede and, if he does, his reactions tell you how much we’ve failed as a team.”
both Joel Obi and Joe Hart should feature when Torino host Lazio at the Olimpico di Torino in the Serie A on Sunday, October 23
The Nigerian international has been trying to get his career back on track at Torino but has been plagued by the usual blight of Injuries. he last featured for the Super Eagles in 2014