Danny Mills heaped praise on Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton following his displays in recent weeks.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international pointed out Heaton had proven to be a bargain after joining Villa from Burnley in the summer.

The Villans paid £8million to acquire the goalkeeper’s services from Burnley which at the time saw the club take its summer spending spree above £100million.

Mills explained that Heaton’s experience was vital to Dean Smith’s side as he is able to reassure the club’s defenders as well as his manager.

When asked how important of a signing Heaton has proven to be in recent weeks, Mills told Football Insider: “I think goalkeepers with experience are absolutely vital.

“That’s one of the most important things you get from a keeper, that calmness, that reassurance and I think Heaton has done fantastic.

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“It was a bit of a bargain they picked him up for, with obviously Nick Pope at Burnley, and they’ve got an able deputy as well, so three very good keepers, so he was allowed to go.

“And I think he’s a very very good goalkeeper, hence why he’s in the England set up and will be for the foreseeable future.

“It was a bit of a snip for Villa, but when you’ve got a goalkeeper of that calibre, that gives you confidence and belief as you know what you’re going to get, it’s reassuring for a defender and a manager.”

The 33-year-old shot-stopper has played 16 times this season for Villa, keeping three clean sheets and conceding 28 goals in the process.

Heaton has played in every Premier League game this season bar the 2-1 loss to Wolves in November.

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