Aston Villa signed Tom Heaton in the summer transfer window.

Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow has explained to The Times the reason behind signing Tom Heaton.

Villa – who won promotion from the Championship to the Premier League at the end of last season via the playoffs – secured the services of Heaton from Burnley in the summer transfer window.

According to BBC Sport, the Villans paid the Clarets a transfer fee of £8 million in order to secure the services of the 33-year-old goalkeeper.

Villa chief executive Purslow has explained why the Villans made a move for Heaton in the summer transfer window.

Purslow told The Times about Heaton: “If you look at the 12 [other] players we bought, Tyrone [Mings] was the oldest at 26. Our strategy, quite deliberately, is buying young players on sensible wages who, if they prove themselves in the Premier League, will grow their value.

“Dean and Suso sat down, and said, ‘OK, we’ve achieved all of our outfield targets, it would be good to have an experienced, senior pro who had seen the Premier League.’ Tom was that target.

“Yes we were buying England’s No 2 but we were buying experience and additional leadership. Everybody we spoke to said, ‘Tom Heaton will be a really good senior pro for you.’”

Good signing for Aston Villa?

Heaton is a very good goalkeeper with extensive experience, and the 33-year-old is a smart signing for Villa in the summer transfer window.

The former Manchester United prospect is brilliant at stopping shots and also commands his penalty area well.

It will not be easy for Villa to finish above the bottom three in the Premier League table this season, but with Heaton between the posts, the Villa Park faithful should be optimistic.


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