Aston Villa have started to find their feet under Dean Smith in the Championship as they mount their challenge for promotion this season.
One area that they have struggled in this season has been the goalkeeping position with summer signing Orjan Nyland coming under intense pressure in recent weeks.
Villa’s promotion rivals, Leeds United have been making movements to signing a new goalkeeper after injury looks to have ruled Jamal Blackman out for the foreseeable future.
Marcelo Bielsa seems to be plotting a replacement for Blackman in January with Tom Heaton reportedly top of his January wish list when the transfer window reopens.
The Burnley shot-stopper has fallen out of favour under Sean Dyche and is currently third choice goalkeeper at Turf Moor behind Nick Pope and Joe Hart.
At the age of 32, Heaton certainly still has something to offer, and many Championship clubs will be targeting a deal for the goalkeeper in January.
Aston Villa should certainly be one of the clubs that are chasing Heaton, with Orjan Nyland struggling to adapt to life in the Championship since he arrived at the club in the summer.
But would Heaton be an ideal signing for Dean Smith’s side?
We look at 2 reasons why Villa should jump ahead of Leeds in the race to sign Heaton.
Find out those reasons here….