West Ham United have been struggling with an able goalkeeping option for the past few years. They brought in Joe Hart on loan in the summer but the Englishman has failed to impress at his time at the West London club. Adrian has put in some good performances but his form has been patchy.
To bring in more competition and probably replace Adrian, West Ham are considering bringing in Tom Heaton. The Englishman who has been put on standby for the World Cup squad and has lost his place to his fellow countryman Nick Pope at Turf Moor. Heaton was injured in the early part of the season as he suffered shoulder dislocation in a Premier League encounter. He was out for 5 months and somebody’s loss meant somebody’s gain as Pope in the meantime made the no1 spot his own.
Even after coming back from injury, Dyche preferred Pope over Heaton and in an ideal scenario, the Burnley manager will like to keep both of them at their disposal. But if Pope continues to be the no1 pick then the 32-year-old will likely move on to other clubs where he will be the regular starter. In a situation where Heaton leaves the club, we look at three possible replacements Dyche can go after.
The Newcastle United goalkeeper has been in the shadows of Karl Darlow and Martin Dubravka this season. He went on to start some games in the early part of the season but since Dubravka was signed in the January transfer window, he has been the preferred option for Rafael Benitez. That has pushed Elliott to be a third choice goalkeeper and he might be looking for a move where he will have more chances for first-team football.
The Swansea City goalkeeper will certainly like to move to a Premier League club after his team was relegated. However, he might not be a sure starter at the Turf Moor as Dyche is expected to keep the 26-year-old Pope in goal. Nevertheless, the Polish stopper can be a good backup and can get some game time in other competitions.
The Derby County keeper has been impressive between the sticks for his this term, however, they have lost out on the Premier League qualifications narrowly. The 32-year-old former English goalkeeper is an experienced customer and will certainly be a good backup option for Sean Dyche if he decides to make a move for him.