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Leeds United should look to offer Tom Heaton one last crack at the big time

Leeds United should look to offer Tom Heaton one last crack at the big time

Leeds United remain firmly in the Championship title race heading into the second international break of the season.

The Whites made a fantastic start to life under Marcelo Bielsa, shooting to the top of the Championship table following an exceptional string of performances. At a time, Leeds looked unstoppable, but Bielsa’s intensive methods potentially played a factor in their run coming to a halt. Nevertheless, Leeds remain just three points behind league leaders Sheffield United.

The former Argentina manager has placed his faith in young goalkeeper, Bailey Peacock Farrell, to be his number one. The Northern Irishman has overcome some errors earlier in the season and finally looks back to his best. However, Leeds would be wise to sign an experienced goalkeeper in January to add some competition and help nurture his potential.

A great signing could be Burnley shot stopper – Tom Heaton. Valued at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, the Englishman was crucial to the Clarets’ successful promotion bid to the Premier League and was a mainstay in their team before suffering an injury last year. His time on the sidelines allowed Nick Pope to stake a claim for the number one jersey with Sean Dyche also adding Joe Hart to his squad in the summer. With game time now limited, Heaton has suggested he might need to leave Turf Moor.

The former England international, who was unlucky to pick up just three caps with the Three Lions, is surely desperate to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and playing regularly for the Whites could help put him back into contention. With 185 Championship appearances and over 70 in the Premier League, his experience could be vital as the Whites look to finally secure a return to England’s top division.

Heaton remains a top goalkeeper, and at the age of 32, he still has many years left at the highest level. If he becomes available, Leeds would be foolish to overlook him.

Leeds United fans, thoughts?

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