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Leeds: Paul Robinson talks up move for Tom Heaton

Leeds: Paul Robinson talks up move for Tom Heaton - Leeds United

Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson has suggested that Tom Heaton would be a shrewd addition by the Whites this summer.

The 35-year-old is currently plying his trade with Aston Villa, but he is yet to make a single Premier League appearance this season. The Athletic‘s Gregg Evans recently claimed that Heaton will consider leaving Villa Park in the summer in search of more regular game-time.

Emiliano Martinez has been preferred between the sticks by Dean Smith and it could be that a move away materialises in the next transfer window for his elder goalkeeping colleague.

Robinson tips Heaton to join Leeds

Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson talked up the idea of Heaton moving to Leeds in the summer, claiming that he is too good not to be playing in the top flight:

“Tom is a Premier League goalkeeper. He is far too good to play in the Championship. He is a number one Premier League goalkeeper. Whether that be at Leeds United, Southampton or back at Burnley if Nick Pope was to move on.

“What an opportunity that would be, to return to Burnley and end his career at a club where he is held in such high regard.

“It is a big summer for Nick Pope and Burnley could do at lot worse than going back for Tom Heaton. He is a phenomenal goalkeeper and I could see that happening if a Pope was allowed to leave. The best signing Burnley could make in that situation would be Heaton.

“He is far too good for the Championship though. I certainly would not be thinking that he would drop down a league and it does not look like West Brom will be able to get out.”

Transfer Tavern take

While Heaton has a huge amount of experience (372 senior career games), not to mention three England caps, it is almost impossible to envisage him coming to Leeds as first-choice goalkeeper.

Illan Meslier has made that spot his own and there is nothing to indicate that Marcelo Bielsa would axe him any time soon, given his age and ability with the ball at his feet.

If Heaton would be content with being second choice, he could be a good replacement for Kiko Casilla at Elland Road, but it appears as though he wants more playing time, which could scupper the chances of him moving to Leeds.

In other news, an ex-Leeds man has discussed why a current Whites star will be ‘disappointed’ at the moment. Read more here.


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