Aston Villa confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Tom Heaton from Burnley on Thursday and he becomes the latest addition to the newly-promoted side.
The Midlands giants continued their summer spree by buying a new shot-stopper and it’s believed they paid £8million (BBC) for him.
He’s likely to walk straight into the number one role at Villa Park and he’s an experienced option that has proven himself in the top-flight
Heaton has been capped three times at senior level by England and been such a consistent performer for Burnley in recent times.
It would be a fair argument to suggest he’s been one of the best goalkeepers outside of the top-six Premier League clubs in recent years and Villa will be hoping he can impress for them.
Heaton certainly looks a great signing on first look and could turn out to be an £8million masterstroke for Dean Smith’s side if he plays a key role in keeping them away from relegation.
He has joined as a 33-year-old and there may be a few eyebrows that Villa have not gone for someone younger.
But experience the goalkeeper department is vital and history suggests it’s the right way to go.
Villa signed Brad Friedel aged 37 back in 2008 and he proved that experience
The American kept 36 clean sheets in 131 appearances during his spell with Villa and helped the club to three consecutive top-1o finishes in the Premier League.
His know-how and experience in leading his defence from the back was vital, something that Heaton should be able to help install in his defence.
Heaton certainly shouldn’t have had his best day yet and will be a hit if he replicates Friedel.