Burnley take on Aston Villa this weekend, and the Clarets will be reunited with a familiar face.
Tom Heaton will feature against his old teammates for the first time since leaving the club this summer in a reported £8 million deal (BBC Sport).
The England international opted to join Dean Smith’s side after making 200 appearances for the Turf Moor outfit and establishing himself as a dependable Premier League goalkeeper.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche was disappointed to lose the 33-year-old but insists ‘you will only get positive from me’ about the ex-Manchester United man, who he thinks is a ‘fantastic fella and player’.
Offering a possible reason for his summer exit, Dyche said of Heaton (Birmingham Mail): “I presume Tom’s experience is a big part of that [why they signed him], some of their players don’t have a lot of Premier League experience. He has definitely got that.
“They’ve let a few goals in, I’ve not been watching Tom specifically, but they’ve given a reasonable account of themselves.”
Heaton has so far proven to be a great addition for Villa, as many presumed he would be.
The stopper has bags of experience in the English top flight and should be worth a good amount of points to Smith come the end of the season.
That experience, as Dyche theorises, will surely be very beneficial to the younger players in the squad.
His know-how is likely to aid the defence in front of him in particular, and the £8 million that was spent really is a snip for a solid ‘keeper.