Not for the first time are the vultures of the Premier League hovering over lowly Birmingham City as their financial situation means that the bare bones of the squad look likely to be picked off one juicy chunk at a time.
Since their relegation from the Premiership Birmingham have had one decent season last year, even though they had no money, and looked likely to sustain respectability as a Championship club but as soon as Aston Villa fans realised what their rivals already knew about Alex McLeish, Paul Lambert was brought in at Villa Park, Chris Hughton was hired as the Norwich manager and Birmingham had to go with Lee Clark and now they’re down the bottom of the second tier of English football. So once again it’s all McLeish’s fault.
Now thanks to the financial situation that Birmingham find themselves in they are going to have to go back on their word about not selling young superstar goalkeeper Jack Butland. The midlands club are apparently open to offers as soon as this January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail, if they don’t find a new owner. No price has been put on the 19 year olds head yet but with a number of clubs looking at him an auction could be imminent.
It’s rumoured that Everton and Southampton are watching the situation closely with Manchester City waiting in the dark shadows with a big wad of cash, as per usual. I don’t know why Manchester City would want Butland though as Joe Hart is the best goalkeeper in the country and is only 25. Unless they wanted him in order to make sure nobody else could have him in which case they would be behaving like a small toddler going through his terrible phase and let’s be honest Mancini doesn’t behave that way, he doesn’t complain about playing all the time and yet have the most money or the deepest squad in terms of quality or ….. oh hang.
Back to Butland then and even though the Daily Mail pick out Everton and Southampton as the two at the front of the queue by the time January rolls around who knows how many teams will be after this young man. He was one of the few footballers to come out of the Olympics with any pride and has been number one for Birmingham throughout this turbulent season so I think any team looking for a potentially top class number one for the future should be looking at Butland.
Kelvin Davies has had a few shaky moments for Southampton this season so Butland would certainly be able to challenge to start if he got his head down in training. However, if the Saints keep defending the way they do then it won’t be long till they’re back with Butland’s current club Birmingham in the Championship. Everton though have Tim Howard in goal but at 33 David Moyes would be wanting to get a new young thing in to take his place when the American hangs up his gloves or moves on, perhaps to the MLS for a final pay day.
David Moyes is also one of the best managers around in the British game and any player with their head screwed on straight would flourish under the Scot. Butland’s name will be on the wish-list of most clubs in the market for a young keeper so it’s hard to say where he will end up but Everton are a great club with some great players, Butland would do well there.