Date: 7th August 2019 at 7:00am
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Aston Villa had a pretty comprehensive search this summer for a new goalkeeper and Burnley and England stopper Tom Heaton was regularly linked with us.

With more speculation than you could shake a stick at when it came to the names being bandied around, eventually we got our man for what most feel is technically a bargain price at £8million, as the 33-year-old has got a good few years left in him yet and he boasts significant experience which will be worth its weight in gold in the dressing room.

Head coach Dean Smith was speaking about his capture this week to the Official Site and whilst he was obviously pleased with our business overall, he did admit that he was surprised we were able to get the deal over the line for him given how successful he’s been whilst at Turf Moor.

“I thought Tom was just what we needed. We’ve recruited very well with players who have a lot of hunger and drive to do well. Tom gives us that experience but he has also got that personality of a leader in and around the dressing room – and one I thought would do well for us. I’m very surprised that we managed to get Tom. He’s been a very successful keeper for Burnley. He played the last 19 games and was pivotal in their resurgence in the league. He had an injury the season before. You look at the media reaction of the opposition fans and you realise you have a very good signing – when they’re very disappointed that he’s left.”

Their loss is definitely our gain and he could really play his part in bringing on Jed Steer now as well, who I’d imagine will be adopted as our Cup keeper now to keep him in game time.

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One Reply to ““They’re Very Disappointed That He’s Left” – Smith Hails Unexpected Villa Summer Capture”

  • I think probably our best signing of this window, he will definitely be needed, I’m personally very dissapointed that we seem to have neglected our striker situation Wesley is untried in the PL and we can only hope that he is as good as we think, But he can’t be expected to do it all on his own, we are desperate for cover in that area, we let Maupay get away il never know why, and now we’re talking about a striker who’s only played a bit part at third string, I believe this is a massive mistake and I only hope it doesn’t come back to bite us big time. Can’t understand the clubs thinking on this one, we have plenty of cover it seems in all other positions , probably you might say too much in places but little or nothing in the striker department , goals win games, Dean Smith says he wants to play all out attacking football but we are way short on quality fire power.

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