Tom Heaton shocked since moving to Aston Villa

England goalkeeper Tom Heaton  during the International Friendly between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2016 in London, England.

Aston Villa stopper Tom Heaton has immediately been put in as Dean Smith's side's number one goalkeeper.

Tom Heaton of Burnley clears the ball as Miguel Angel Guerrero of Olympiakos tries to block during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Off Second Leg match between Burnley and...

Tom Heaton has told the Birmingham Mail that he has been surprised by the spirit in Aston Villa’s dressing room since joining.

Villa signed Heaton from Burnley over the summer, and the experienced goalkeeper has made a bright start at Villa Park.

Burnley are a side renowned for their dressing room unity, which makes them greater than the sum of their parts.

But Heaton claims that Villa’s squad are also very together, which has been a shock to him.


"We have an excellent dressing room,” Heaton said.

“Coming from Burnley, that was probably our unique selling point up there, how good the dressing room was. It meant always greater than the sum of its parts.

"Coming in here has been pleasantly surprising, actually. There are some really good lads and staff. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Tom Heaton of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at Turf Moor on September 10, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Heaton has instantly been installed as Villa’s number one stopper since arriving and he has made an impressive start.

The England international caught the eye towards the end of pre-season for Villa and his form has carried on into the campaign.

Heaton made some very impressive saves for Villa, as they almost held on to claim a result in their Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur.

Villa are next in action against Bournemouth at home at the weekend, when Heaton will hope that he isn’t quite as busy.

Tom Heaton of Burnley FC looks on from the bench during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

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