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Opinion: Leeds must move for Heaton after Blackman injury

Leeds lost Jamal Blackman to a season-ending injury on Friday, and the Whites must now move for Burnley’s Tom Heaton.

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Leeds have confirmed that Blackman will return to Chelsea after fracturing his tibia during an Under-23’s match, and the Whites now have just one senior goalkeeper.

Considering that lone senior keeper, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, is under loads of fire for his own performances, Marcelo Bielsa must make a new stopper his top priority in January.

Heaton has fallen down the pecking order at Burnley since his injury, and the 32 year-old could be the difference between automatic promotion and the playoffs.

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Peacock-Farrell was one of the few silver linings of last season, as the disastrous form of Felix Wiedwald led Paul Heckingbottom to give the youngster his chance.

While the Northern Irishman shone under those difficult circumstances, he has regressed this season, possibly the only player to do so under Bielsa.

After a couple of mistakes earlier in the season, most notably against Tom Lawrence’s free kick at Derby, the 22 year-old had the worst performance of his career so far in the 4-1 defeat to West Brom.

Heaton meanwhile has lost his place at Turf Moor simply due to bad luck. The veteran goalkeeper picked up an unfortunate injury at the beginning of last season, and Sean Dyche couldn’t replace Nick Pope after the youngster excelled in Heaton’s absence.

Joe Hart was then brought in this summer after more injuries for both Pope and Heaton, leaving the experienced stopper out in the cold.

Still, he has racked up over 150 league appearances for Burnley and also has three England caps to his name.

Most importantly, Heaton does not make silly mistakes, something which unfortunately cannot be said for Peacock-Farrell.

Heaton was phenomenal in Burnley’s promotion season in 2015-16 and was fast becoming one of the finest goalkeepers in the top tier.

Whether it be on loan or a permanent deal, reviving his career at Elland Road would be a smart move for all parties, and could just push the Whites back into the big time.

So, Leeds fans, would you back a move for Heaton? Or do you trust Peacock-Farrell? Let us know your thought by voting in the poll below…

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