Leeds have made it no secret that they are looking for a goalkeeper in this January’s transfer window.
One man that they have been linked with is Premier League outfit Burnley’s Tom Heaton, with a loan deal being lined up. However, according to The Birmingham Mail, Leeds will have to wait to see if they can sign him, with The Clarets waiting to see if Nick Pope returns from injury.
However, The Whites face stiff competition from Championship rivals Aston Villa for the goalkeeper’s signature. It is for this reason that Leeds should try and look elsewhere. The reason for this is that Heaton will surely go where he feels he will get the most game time, and that is likely to be Villa.
Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has made it no secret that he does not look upon current ‘keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell favourably, even saying that Jamaal Blackman would have replaced him had the Chelsea loanee not broken his leg. While the Northern Irishman’s form has certainly been questionable so far this season, as well as Leeds’ lack of options, he still has not been as unreliable as Aston Villa’s Ørjan Nyland.
There’s no denying that both Peacock-Farrell and Nyland have been susceptible to errors so far this season, but the 22-year-old Peacock-Farrell’s have been far less costly. While Villa have more options at their club, there is still an argument that no ‘keeper at Villa Park is up to the Northern Irishman’s standard.
Therefore, as there is a greater need, perhaps, for a ‘keeper at Aston Villa, they will be able to offer 3-cap international Heaton more playing time, which is ultimately what he will want with a hope of returning to Burnley. Leeds should look elsewhere to avoid losing this battle.