Following the news that Tom Heaton is vying for a move away from Burnley having slipped behind Joe Hart and Nick Pope in the pecking order, as exclusively revealed by The Mirror, Norwich should jump at the chance to sign him.
What’s the word, then?
The England international was at the top of his game before dislocating his shoulder against Crystal Palace at Turf Moor last season, where he was replaced by little known reserve keeper Pope. He then had to watch on helplessly as the former milkman put in some absolutely stunning displays, earning himself a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
Pope then suffered his own shoulder injury in the early stages of the Clarets’ Europa League qualifying campaign, which saw Joe Hart arrive from Manchester City and push Heaton even further down the pecking order. In the aforementioned exclusive, it is said that Aston Villa are keen, but table-toppers Norwich can’t sit and watch the 32-year-old get away.
Why should they sign him?
The former Manchester United stopper has three England caps to his name and, before his injury, was arguably one of the best goalkeepers in England. Now fully recovered from his injury, he is far too good to sit on the sidelines, and with the Canaries vying for promotion back to the Premier League, he could be a shrewd signing by Daniel Farke.
Former Newcastle stopper Tim Krul currently has the number one jersey at Carrow Road and rightfully so, but every goalkeeper performs a bit better with some real competition breathing over their shoulder.
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34-year-old Northern Irishman Michael McGovern is currently second choice, but isn’t posing a real threat. Should the Norfolk-based side want to maintain their position at the top of the Championship, as well as have two quality options upon any potential return to the top-flight, then a move for Heaton is a must.
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