Former England international defender Danny Mills has suggested that a transfer to West Ham could be a good move for Jack Butland.
The goalkeeper is currently in the Championship with Stoke City, but according to the Telegraph, he could be allowed to leave the bet365 Stadium in the January transfer window.
Mills believes that it may be the right time for the 26-year-old to move on and that it could help him get his career going again after a tough couple of years.
When discussing whether or not a move to West Ham would be a positive for Butland, Mills told Football Insider: “He’s certainly available isn’t he, he’s a solid keeper.
“He was England’s No.1 at one point, he’s a big physical presence, he has made some high-profile mistakes hence why he has slipped away from the England scene and down into the Stoke scene.
“But of course, he is undoubtedly a solid goalkeeper and sometimes you just need a change just because it resets you.
“It resets your confidence, it resets your belief in your self. Suddenly you have different surroundings, different regime and overnight you rediscover your form.”
Mills could be right in suggesting that a change in scenery could do the world of good for Butland.
Indeed he has struggled with Stoke this season, keeping just three clean sheets in 15 starts whilst he has also made three mistakes which have led to goals (SofaScore).
Added to that he has lost his place in the England squad, with each of Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Tom Heaton and Dean Henderson seemingly now ahead of him in the pecking order.
So it may therefore be good for him to leave the Potters and a move to West Ham could suit all parties.
Whilst Lukasz Fabianski is certainly a quality operator, he has struggled with injury this season and at 34 he is getting no younger.
Meanwhile second choice Roberto was woeful when given his chance, conceding 14 times in just six league starts (Transfermarkt).
Whilst Butland may have struggled recently, he has proven himself as Premier League quality in the past and has made 77 top flight appearances, keeping 20 clean sheets (premierleague.com).
At just 26 time is still on his side too and if the Hammers can strike a deal with Stoke he could come in and back-up Fabianski at first before going on to be their number one in the future.
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