One of the most prominent prospects to come out of the bBues academy, Jack Butland looked and still looks to be one of England’s brightest and most talent young goalkeepers to be coming through.
However, over the last season or so his future seems to be in uncertainty as he is yet to find himself in parent club Stoke City’s starting line-up and has as a result been sent out on loan multiple times.
On loan clubs include stints at Leeds United, Barnsley and most recently Derby County – he has impressed in all of them. From a bluenose’s perspective it seems a massive shame to have let someone so promising and talented slip through their grasp.
Blues never WANTED to sell any of their prize assets but were forced to do so due to the tight financial restrictions surrounding the club, they rejected offers for as long as they felt was possible (including a reported £6m offer from Southampton) that was until Tony Pulis’s Stoke City put in an offer for the youngster that proved to be the final push as soon after, Butland departed to sign a four year deal with Stoke to secure his long term future to a Premier League club.
The idea for Stoke at the time seemed to be that they felt USA International Asmir Begovic was to be departing in a big money move elsewhere, however things soon changed as he re-signed with Stoke to extend his stay for the long term and so Butland was denied the opportunity to star in the Premier League for the time being.
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Shortly after Butland’s arrival, the man who signed him – Tony Pulis departed the club; this gave Butland little direction to turn and so was drafted out on loan and is still being kept in the same predicament.
From the average person looking at it from a neutral perspective, it would seem that Butland was somewhat cheated out of an opportunity to star in the Premier League when he agreed to join Stoke and is now looking to make his breakthrough by other means.
He still has three years left to run on his contract with Stoke so it would seem he is tied there for the long term – but the question needs to be asked will he play? For his sake and as a fan, I hope he does.
His time at St Andrews ended prematurely, it seemed as though if he had stayed he would have been a massive fan favourite and a big crowd draw – the Blues fans saw him come up through the ranks and had high hopes that he would walk the blues team out for many years to come and make his Premier League bow as a bluenose rather than elsewhere.
He is a promising young prospect who has reportedly had offers to go and play his football abroad by various clubs – however, what effect would this have on his international future?
As a Blues fan I would have loved to have kept him at St Andrews had our situation been different, along with Nathan Redmond and other young stars in the making. However, it wasn’t meant to be – not for now anyway.
I hope that he will find his place in the premier league in the not too distant future and am sure he will one day take the reins between the sticks for his national side too. Until then KEEP RIGHT ON!