Date: 10th August 2019 at 11:03am
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EXCLUSIVE

Danny Mills has named Tom Heaton as Aston Villa’s standout signing from their numerous additions over the transfer window.

The former Leeds and England star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that of all the new arrivals at Villa Park it is the shot-stopper who he is most impressed with, the 33-year-old joining Dean Smith’s side from Burnley.

The Villans made 12 permanent signings in a variety of positions, with the likes of Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi all returning after their loan spells last season.

Mills says that Mings’ return to the club will be crucial, having made a significant impact to the club’s successful promotion push, but that Heaton’s arrival between the sticks is the one which catches his eye.

Asked who Villa’s standout signing was, Mills told Football Insider: “I think the goalkeeper is exceptional. Tom Heaton is absolutely superb. 

“Tyrone Mings I think is very important, he was at the club already, he knows it. When you bring in that many players you need a bit of solidity.”

Heaton was a mainstay for Burnley in the second half of the 2018/19 season, having usurped Nick Pope in the starting XI, and finished with 22 appearances under his belt.

The three-cap England ace has a total of 96 Premier League games to his name as well as 185 Championship outings.

In other Aston Villa news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that he thinks one man wanted to leave Villa Park permanently this summer.