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Rumour Mill-Is the Heaton for Clarets?

The Daily Express last week suggested the Clarets were seeking to sign Cardiff goalkeeper, Tom Heaton in the summer.

Heaton still seems to be very much in the Bluebirds plans though, and indeed played in the Carling Cup final at Wembley in the defeat against Liverpool on Sunday.

He was also in superb form managing to save a Gerrard penalty in the penalty shoot out before Cardiff lost out in the end 3-2.

The 25 year old former England Under 21 international came through the ranks at Manchester United but never made his full debut for the Red Devils spending most of his time on the United books out on loan.

He had spells on loan at Swindon, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff, QPR, Rochdale and Wycombe.

United released the keeper in the summer of 2010 and he joined Cardiff for a second time in July 2010 this time penning a permanent deal. Under new manager, Malky Mackay, Heaton though found himself as cover for David Marshall in the Championship but has mangaed to impress in this season's Carling Cup competition.

The Bluebirds of course also knocked out the Clarets in the 4th round stage of the competition beating them 1-0 in the Cardiff City Stadium before progressing ultimately to the final.

The big question of course for Clarets fans would be which keeper Heaton would replace if he signed for the club. We already have three recognised keepers in the squad. Lee Grant is currently the first choice but he is prone to spilling and parrying errors. Brian Jensen must be getting to the stage where he might threaten to resign again whilst Jon Stewart has yet to make his first team debut. Stewart was understudy on the bench when Jensen was out injured earlier in the season but he never managed to feature.

So why not tell us what you think about this rumour and whether you think we need another keeper. If you do, who do you think will make way?

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 27 2012

Time: 11:22AM

Your Comments

I think we will have to say goodbye to one keeper in the summer and if I were a betting man, I think it could be 'The Beast' Question is would Heaton be happy being second fiddle and would Grant be happy being backup if not?
turfmanphil
Personally I belive that Jensen is the one that will leave. Stewart as you mentioned still hasn't played for the first team, while Grant most likely will stay. Stewart got a one-year contract, witch expires this summer if I remember corretly. Potentially that will mean that Jensen and Stewart will leave Turf Moor - something I believe. Tho' E.H wants three keepers available.
nor-claret
He was certainly impressive in the Cup Final yesterday, cannot see the Beast getting back in unless Grant picks up an injury, he is getting on a bit now and unfortunately we may have seen the last of him playing for us, like the link with Heaton, not sure Cardiff would want to let him go though?
8clarets8
Never gonna happen unless grant goes the other way,! Best keeper in the division, Jenson's too old and I cant do with his toys our the pram scenario, we need to get shut, and the big lad will continue as an understudy WE REALLY NEED TO SORT UR MIDFIELD OUT still reeling on how bloody poor we were on Saturday
hollinsclaret
Hollins, I'm not at every match (due to geographical reasons), but I imagine that we are a bit depended on Stanislas and Marney/McQuoid. Once they are all in form and not injured we are a team to be reconed with. The midfield are quality, but some of the players lack time on the turf and therefore haven't got the same standard as the mentioned ones. At the beginning everyone slaughtered the defence. E.H sticked to the defence and noe they get credit for their effort, the same will happend with the midfield, but that takes TIME! Remember that the lad (E.H) lost a lot of his primary players during the summer and had to build most of the team from the bottom. Not many managers have succeeded with that in their first season - specially in Championship. We probably won't be promoted to PL this season, more likely next season - with or without Jay-Rod.
nor-claret
A new keeper would be my number 1 priority personally.
Claretdale
Agree with that Dale. Nothing wrong with Beast or Grant as such - they're both decent keepers in their own way. However, I think a fresh face is needed at the back. Heaton might be that man, particularly if he isn't getting a regular game at Cardiff.
RickersTwickers
I would really like to see this lad come to Burnley, he looks an absolutely fantastic talent. As for the goalkeeper situation at the moment, I think Brian Jensen deserves a chance, Lee Grant has been prone to making some errors and just hasnt been putting in any really noticable performances.
AdamBurnleyFan
The Sun now stating (4/3)-Cardiff have started a scramble for former Manchester United trainee Tom Heaton's signature by not offering the 25-year-old goalkeeper a new deal.
turfmanphil
sign him on
totally_claret
 

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