According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, goalkeeper Tom Heaton could be interested in a move away come the January transfer window. The 32-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Burnley and has done so since 2013, although a shoulder injury has since seen the Englishman fall down the pecking order at Turf Moor behind compatriots Nick Pope and Joe Hart.
And reports suggest that Heaton may well be interested in a move away from the Clarets in a bid for regular first team football, which should be of interest to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who could be on the lookout to upgrade on current shot-stopper Hugo Lloris, who has become something of a liability in recent times.
Ultimately, the France international has been something of a stalwart in the Spurs side since his move from Lyon back in 2012, with the 31-year-old going on to play 259 games for the North London club, in which time he has kept 92 clean sheets and conceded 278 goals.
In fact, the World Cup winner has arguably been one of the best goalkeepers in Europe for much of his time in Pochettino’s side, but there does appear to have been a noticeable drop in quality in the last 12 months or so, with Lloris making some uncharacteristic errors to suggest he’s no longer at that world-class level.
The 31-year-old has always been renowned for being an excellent sweeper-keeper and often raced out to the thwart opposition attacks, yet he made a big error doing just that against Barcelona a time that simply didn’t call for that decision – the Catalans went on to net early in a 4-2 win over the North Londoners.
Add in an error in the World Cup final, albeit it didn’t come back to haunt France that time, alongside other mistakes over the course of last season, be it shot-stopping or otherwise, and Lloris has become something of a liability in recent times, and as such may need to be replaced – Burnley’s Heaton could be the man.
The 32-year-old may have spent the best part of a year out with a shoulder injury sustained at the start of last season, but the England international has proven his worth to Sean Dyche’s side over the years, not least in helping them avoid an immediate return back to the Championship in the 2016/17 season.
The goalkeeper kept ten clean sheets and shipped just 48 goals to help the Clarets finish 16th upon their return to the top tier that season, with Heaton making several excellent saves and thus match-winning contributions to keep Dyche’s men in the Premier League – there’s a reason he has three England caps to his name.
Arguably, if it wasn’t for the shoulder injury he sustained back in September of last year, Heaton would probably have made the England squad for the World Cup and perhaps still be the Burnley number one – now though, former Manchester City star Hart has arrived at Turf Moor and currently has the gloves, hence Heaton is unsure over his future at the club.
But with Lloris proving to not be the goalkeeper he once was, and the likes of Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga simply not good enough to deputise effectively for the Frenchman, Pochettino should look to £3.6 million-rated Heaton (as per Transfermarkt) as his ideal upgrade for below-par Lloris.
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