It’s no coincidence that Burnley’s recent revival has happened simultaneously to Tom Heaton’s return to form.
Indeed, the Clarets’ captain’s not only successfully replaced Joe Hart, but inspired his side to get out of their ditch. Once staring at relegation, they now look primed to fight another year in the top-flight.
While a goalkeeper can only do so much to win games, Heaton’s contribution’s been massive in recent weeks. Having conceded 41 goals in 19 appearances, Burnley looked all over the place defensively. The English ‘keeper has rallied his troops to find back their defensive solidity and they’ve kept two clean sheets in their last seven, only conceding six and effectively saving Sean Dyche’s side from any serious and genuine relegation concern.
Heaton’s given some inspired displays of brilliance over these gruelling fixtures. While he stole the spotlight in his return to Old Trafford, where he made seven saves to frustrate Manchester United and end Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning run.
Not only that, but Heaton’s brilliant work against West Ham United and most recently against Brighton, where he made a few crucial saves before Burnley wrapped up the game, showed a man in form. The Burnley captain’s heroics should not go unnoticed.
Now, he’s voiced his ambitions to be called up to the England squad after more than a year, as he should be.
Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland are both in poor form, being unable to impress for their struggling clubs. With the Three Lions set to play UEFA Euro’s qualifiers next month, it’d be a severe injustice if Heaton’s not guarding the posts in those games