Paul Robinson has tipped his former teammate Tom Heaton to regain the number one jersey off new Aston Villa signing Emiliano Martinez when he returns from injury.
The former Spurs and Leeds United shot-stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was “surprised” by the price Villa paid for Martinez, 28, given his lack of regular first team football.
Villa confirmed the signing of Martinez last week after Football Insider revealed that a £17million plus add-ons bid had been accepted by the Gunners.
He was the hero on debut against Sheffield United on Monday, saving a John Lundstram’s penalty to ensure Dean Smith’s side collected all three points in a 1-0 win.
Heaton was last season’s first-choice goalkeeper but has been sidelined since New Year’s Day with a knee injury – he is expected to return next month.
When asked by Football Insider how Heaton, whom he played with at Burnley, would react to the signing, Robinson said: “Tom has had a really tough injury.