When fully fit, Jack Butland has testified his status as one of the Potters’ most influential players and a hugely popular figure here in the Transfer Tavern.
Having signed from Birmingham City in 2013, the Englishman has made a very purposeful impression during his time at the Bet 365 Stadium, confirming his reputation as a fan favourite.
The 24-year-old produced several heroic performances during his breakthrough 2015-16 season, yet injury prevented him from prolonging his fine form last season. He only made five league appearances through the entirety of last season due to injury concerns and our punters clad in red and white are delighted to see him back.
Indeed, he’s one of the most popular players among our resident Stoke fans, yet speaking to the Daily Mirror he revealed his dream to feature in the Champions League – a dream that could see Butland depart Stoke City.
“I’ve always said and I’ve never hid the fact that I want to play at the top, be England’s No1 and win trophies,” said Butland.
“While I’m at Stoke, I’ll always try to do that.
“But me and the fans, they know I have targets and ambitions, and they’d be happy for me if that (playing in the Champions League) happened. It’s good that I’ve got that sort of relationship with them and the club.
“It’s testing yourself, not just against the best in this country but the best the rest of the world has to offer and the best in Europe. You don’t get to play against them very often, playing against teams that you are not aware of.”
During Butland’s time as a Stoke City player, he has developed into one of the most promising young goalkeepers in the Premier League. The Englishman his highly regarded for his ability to save shots from close-range, and he isn’t afraid of coming off his line to deny the opposition from scoring.
If Butland decided to leave Stoke, it would be challenging for them to sign a player of equal quality. Accordingly, they must do everything in their power to ensure he remains a Stoke player.
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