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Elton John’s text: Heaton I’d still buy him – Foster’s not consistent

‘Tom Heaton. I’d still buy him. Ben Foster’s not consistent’: What Sir Elton John texted Watford chief after 4-0 defeat by Bournemouth

  • Sir Elton John texts Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury on a regular basis 
  • Watford were thumped 4-0 at home by Bournemouth in the league last month
  • John text Duxbury afterwards advising the club to buy goalkeeper Tom Heaton 

Sacrifice was Sir Elton John’s first UK solo chart-topper and the diehard Watford fan suggested to the club’s hierarchy that they made a sacrifice of their own following a humiliating defeat last month.

Watford were thumped 4-0 at home by Bournemouth on October 6 – the club’s third defeat in four games after starting the season winning the previous four.

And after the match, musical legend and former owner John suggested to the club’s chief executive Scott Duxbury that it was time for a change of goalkeeper.

 

Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury (pictured in 2009) has revealed that Sir Elton John text him last month to sign a new goalkeeper following Watford's 4-0 defeat by Bournemouth
Duxbury receives texts from John on a regular basis

Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury (left, pictured in 2009) has revealed that Sir Elton John text him last month to sign a new goalkeeper following Watford’s 4-0 defeat by Bournemouth

John had text Duxbury to replace current No 1 Ben Foster following the thumping loss

John had text Duxbury to replace current No 1 Ben Foster following the thumping loss

John suggested to Duxbury that the club signed Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton 

John suggested to Duxbury that the club signed Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton 

MATCH FACTS 

Watford (4-4-2): Foster 4.5; Femenia 4, Cathcart 4, Kabasele 3.5, Holebas 4; Hughes 4 (Mariappa 55, 5), Capoue 5, Doucoure 4, Pereyra 4.5 (Deulofeu 74, 6); Deeney 4, Gray 4 (Success 55, 5) 

Subs not used: Gomes, Masina, Sema, Chalobah 

Booked: Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas, Doucoure

Sent off: Kabasele 32

Manager: Javi Gracia 4

Bournemouth (4-4-2): Begovic 7; Francis 7, Cook 7.5 (Surman 78), Ake 8, Smith 7; Brooks 7.5 (Gosling 70, 6), Lerma 7, Cook 7, Fraser 7 (Stanislas 66, 6); Wilson 7.5, King 7.5

Subs not used: Boruc, Ibe, Defoe, Rico

Scorers: Brooks 14, King 33 pen, 45, Wilson 47

Booked: Surman

Manager: Eddie Howe 7.5

Referee: Jonathan Moss 6

Attendance: 20,139 

‘Tom Heaton. I’d still buy him,’ was the text Duxbury revealed he received from John to the Financial Times.

‘[Ben] Foster’s not consistent. Love, Elton.’ 

John’s message was in reference to signing Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, having been left unimpressed by the display of current No 1 Ben Foster – himself having only re-joined the club from West Brom himself.

The message was sent in a light-hearted way by the star and Watford received it in that manner.

The Hornets fell behind early on in the first half when David Brooks put Bournemouth ahead before the former were reduced to 10 men following Christian Kabasele’s 32nd-minute dismissal for two yellow cards.

Joshua King got a brace before half-time with Callum Wilson completing the scoreline soon after the interval.

With Watford unable to sign anyone until the January window, John’s advice can’t be heeded until then.

But as Duxbury informed the Financial Times, the 71-year-old texts most days and always gets a reply – but politely declined the advice about Foster.

John owned Watford for two spells from 1976-87, and 1997-2002. In 2014 he had a stand named after him at Vicarage Road and is now a honorary Life President of the club.

Josh King (centre) scored twice for Bournemouth as they cruised to victory on October 6

Josh King (centre) scored twice for Bournemouth as they cruised to victory on October 6

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