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Aston Villa: Former England keeper Paul Robinson hails Tom Heaton signing

Aston Villa: Former England keeper Paul Robinson hails Tom Heaton signing

The Villans signed Tom Heaton in the summer for £8 million, and now it looks as if the goalkeeping veteran could’ve been worth every penny, at least according to former England shot-stopper Paul Robinson. 

Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson praised Villa’s capture of the 33-year-old from Burnley, who has went on to start every Premier League game so far this season, averaging 2.9 saves per game, according to WhoScored.com.

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The former England international keeper has a wealth of experience at the highest level, playing 96 top-flight games for Burnley and managing to be called up to the national team by Gareth Southgate along with teammate Nick Pope for the 2018 World Cup.

Now, Heaton is plying his trade with Villa, so far keeping two clean sheets in ten league games – with Robinson hinting it was a great bit of business to bring him to the Midlands.

“It shows you what a good player he is and what a good professional he is,” Robinson told Football Insider. 

“I worked with Tom at Burnley and everyone says he’s one of the nicest guys they’ve met but Tom is genuinely a nice guy.

“He’s a dedicated professional, gives more than 100 per cent every week and he is a very, very talented goalkeeper.

“I was surprised at the price tag for his age but I think in that position I don’t think that’s a problem. I think that’s a problem that Villa had, I think it was very, very astute signing. I think it’s a great acquisition.”

Indeed, before Heaton’s signing, Jed Steer and Lovre Kalinic were consistently rotated between the sticks – with lack of stability in the goalkeeping department being one of Villa’s main weaknesses ahead of their first season back in the Premier League.

Villa fans, how do you feel about Tom Heaton? Has he been worth the money? Have your say here.

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