Sheffield United are firmly in the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer and in what could be a stroke of good fortune and timing, Stoke City are now willing to sell Jack Butland.
According to Sky Sports, Butland will be allowed to leave Stoke for a fee in the region of £8-10m. That is much cheaper than the reported fees United could be willing to pay for Ugurcan Cakir or Aaron Ramsdale.
There will be those that turn their noses up at the thought of signing Butland. This is, in fairness, a goalkeeper who conceded a whopping 56 times last season in the Championship. But could the old argument of ‘you’re only as good as the defence in front of you’ come to the fore? There’s every chance.
Let’s not forget that this is an England international goalkeeper we are talking about here. He has 9 caps for his country and was even named in the squad for the World Cup in 2018.
Stoke have been in freefall and Butland just happens to be have been there while it’s happened. You don’t suddenly become a bad goalkeeper overnight.
Cheap, young, and prove, Butland could solve our goalkeeping issues
Yes, there is a clamour among some Blades to see Dean Henderson return to Bramall Lane. He is, obviously, a fantastic goalkeeper and loves by the United faithful.
But we have to move on eventually. And if we are willing to spend around £15m on Cakir or Ramsdale, then surely, in a tough financial market, Butland would be worth a punt at near half the price?
Just last year, Chelsea were reportedly considering Butland as a potential signing. Surely, then, if he’s good enough for a Champions League contender, he can be good enough for us?
A fresh start can be what a player needs sometimes. Butland is a talented lad and still only 27. There is definitely plenty left in the tank for the stopper.
Of course, not everyone will agree. But in my opinion, Jack Butland could well be what we need and save us a few million in the process.