According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Tom Heaton’s future at Burnley appears uncertain following the arrival of Joe Hart. Ex-Manchester City shot-stopper Hart made the move to Turf Moor earlier this week to leave Sean Dyche with the aforementioned duo and Nick Pope as his three goalkeeping choices, all three of which have turned out for their country in recent times.
And reports suggest that £3.6 million-rated Heaton (as per Transfermarkt) could be the man to suffer, which should be of keen interest to Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson as he goes in search of an upgrade to current Eagles number one Wayne Hennessey.
Ultimately, the goalkeeping ranks at Selhurst Park are somewhat unconvincing heading into the new Premier League season given that Wales international Hennessey wasn’t always faultless for the London club last time round, while long-serving Palace ace Julian Speroni turned 39 back in May to suggest that his best days may well be behind him.
Yet both men turned out for Hodgson’s side last term to suggest that the former England chief isn’t overly satisfied with either, which has been further emphasised by the arrival of Vicente Guaita over the summer, although it remains to be seen how he gets on in his first taste of English football.
Whereas there are no such doubts about Heaton’s capabilities at the top level, as the 32-year-old has more than proven his worth to Burnley in years gone by to underline his status as one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League.
The three-times England international made the move to Turf Moor back in 2013 and has since helped the Clarets to two promotions to the Premier League, before producing the goods in the 2016/17 campaign to help Dyche’s men stave off relegation against all the odds.
Heaton kept an impressive ten clean sheets and shipped just 48 goals as Burnley avoided the drop from the top-flight for the first time in the Premier League era, with the 32-year-old playing as big a part as anyone in keeping them in the top tier.
And while there are likely to be some concerns given he spent the best part of last season out with injury, there is little doubting that Heaton is a better goalkeeper than messrs Hennessey and Speroni, and while the jury is still out on Guaita, he’d have to go some to outdo Heaton’s recent efforts.
Thus, with the future of the Burnley goalkeeper reportedly uncertain following the arrival of Hart, Hodgson’s Palace should be prompted into a move for the 32-year-old shot-stopper.
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