It would be quite the coup, wouldn’t it? Dealing with the loss of Jack Butland and his ability to pull out remarkable saves when they are needed most would be a massive blow, but, Stoke City could make a step back in the right direction if they were to replace him with what could prove to be a very shrewd bit of business.
Adam Davies is that man. The Barnsley number one has been a mainstay for the Tykes across both League One and the Championship ever since properly establishing himself there in early 2015.
The 26-year-old has proven himself in the division before and has really caught the eye with his displays this year. Davies has helped towards the best defensive record having conceded the least and gained the joint-most clean sheets in the League (19) amid Barnsley’s promotion-winning campaign.
He was also named in the EFL Team of the Season, solidifying the idea that he would be a fine bit of business for Nathan Jones’ side, who were touted with a move for him by the Stoke Sentinel earlier this month.
Now, it is by no means a given that Davies would want to move on from Barnsley given the football they have been playing under Daniel Stendel. But he is out of contract this summer so if a deal is not agreed, then the Potters should do everything they can to secure his services.
If he was brought in on a free too, that would allow money gained from Butland’s sale to be reinvested across the pitch to strengthen, as according to the Daily Mail, Watford and Bournemouth are reportedly leading the chase of his services.
Davies is not of Butland’s quality, but he still has years ahead of him to establish himself and further develop in the Championship, in which time he could become a fantastic servant for the Potters.
In terms of viable options, there are not too many ‘keepers available of such a level who could be available, but Davies is certainly one and a player that Stoke should do their utmost to bring in.
Potters fans, would you be happy with this replacement for Butland? Or do you think the latter will stick around? Join the discussion by commenting below…