Butland right to reject Premier League big guns

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It appears that Jack Butland has been well advised on his future by those closest to him. 

The lure of a big money move to top Premier League clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City must have been tempting, but Stoke City seems a more logical choice.

The 19-year-old has had a swift rise to stardom in his short career so far, already becoming the youngest ever England goalkeeper and now moving from Birmingham City to Stoke City for £4m in January's transfer window

The youngster is clearly highly rated by many in the game and is tipped for great things, but he also requires games in order to realise this undoubted potential.

Stoke have clearly not paid such a huge fee for Butland to warm the bench, so rumours surrounding the future of their current goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, and a proposed move in the summer to Old Trafford or elsewhere, may not be far from the truth. 

Butland is in line to be Stoke's number one for the 2013/14 season.

Young English goalkeepers have found to their cost that a move to a top club is not necessarily in the best interest of their career. Ben Foster, Chris Kirkland and Scott Carson have all had their time in the limelight for major Premier League clubs and internationally but none have gone on to be a major star. 

Yes, they are good goalkeepers but when they have made mistakes at top clubs their mistakes have been magnified many times over.

By choosing Stoke, Butland has ensured he will continue to play regular games at one of the less glamorous clubs but he will gain plenty of experience that will only be of benefit to him in what should be a long career.

Butland's time at a top club will come but goalkeepers tend to have long careers and will not reach their prime until their 30s. Butland has a long way to go before this and people must remember he is on the start of what hopefully will become a very long journey for both club and country.


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