Date: 11th July 2019 at 7:50am
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One position at Aston Villa that’s been well debated so far this summer has been that irritating one between the sticks but Jed Steer stole and then kept the position for himself last season and it appeared we were being linked with moves for goalkeepers purely because there was an expectation either of Orjan Nyland or Lovre Kalinic would be moving on given their international positions.

Neil Etheridge was the first to be linked but Neil Warnock played down speculation that a bid had been entered denying any knowledge of it. Jack Butland was another favourite for a while, and now it’s the turn of Tom Heaton.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was speaking to Lancs Live on Wednesday and he totally downplayed any claims that we had been in touch with the club over the 33-year-old England man.

“There is nothing it, there has been no contact with me. There has been rumours and rumours aplenty this summer and we understand why that is, but we have got a group of players we believe in and we always seemingly over the last few years have interest in one player or another but there is certainly nothing serious our end. Tom is here with us as normal.”

As ever during the transfer window, believe nothing until they are at a train station.

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2 Replies to ““There’s Nothing In It” – Manager Dismisses Villa Interest In Reported Target”

  • There is a counter argument to support breaking the ‘young and hungry’ philosophy when considering goalkeepers. Past history has shown age tends to be less of a factor in terms of diminishing performance levels with the glovemen. However, the owners and Christian Purslow will be intent on avoiding poor resale values, so I suspect their view to keep the age down will prevail – assuming this was ever in dispute with Dean Smith.

    I do rate Heaton and feel he could provide good service in between the sticks for a couple of years or so. However, Alex McCarthy at 29 or Edouard Mendy aged 27 may be seen as better options in terms of their longevity and/or residual value, should we decide to change again in a couple of years.

    Of course we shouldn’t ignore the claims of Jed Steer, who made a good fist of protecting our goal in last season’s run in.

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