Whatever league we are in next season, Newcastle could possibly see both of their top two goalkeepers want to leave the club – and Tim Krul and Rob Elliot could be with new clubs come September, so don’t be too surprised if we are linked with some goalkeepers over the summer.
Tom Heaton – 29 year-old Burnley goalkeeper
And there are reports we are interested in Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who has had a pretty good season in goal for the relegated club.
Tom started his career at Manchester United and came through their Academy, and he was well thought of when he was young and played for all of the England Youth sides including 3 appearances for the England U21 side from 2008-2009.
Tom spent a lot of time on loan at various clubs getting first team appearances as he was coming through the ranks.
Heaton was released form the Red Devils five years ago and has since been at Cardiff, Bristol City and joined Burnley two years ago.
He is 29 tears old now, which is not old for a goalkeeper, and he is a decent player.
Newcastle also have another Englishman Karl Darlow coming into the first team squad this summer, and we just hope that, whatever happens, we have three experienced goalkeepers this season.
That’s so we don’t have to play an untested goalkeeper for eight games next season, like we had to this season and lost seven of them, whichever division we are in.
There’s a limit on how small a squad you can have – as we are now finding out with our fight against relegation.
We’ll probably have to wait until the summer to find out for sure, but Tim Krul may be fed up with Newcastle now – and may want to move to a proper football club.
Heaton is English so we will be linked with a lot of English (British) players this summer, and the price tag for him is around £2M – so that’s probably within Mike Ashley’s price range – nice and cheap – so the news may even be true.
What do you think?