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.