‘Never the same’ – Stoke City fans on the curious case of goalkeeper Jack Butland



Jack Butland looks to be heading out of Stoke City this summer after the club revealed it is open to offers for their goalkeeper.

The Potters are reportedly willing to accept offers of between £8-10m for the talented stopper who is entering the final year of his contract.

That is less than double what Stoke were demanding two years ago when clubs were being quoted figures of £30m for the 27-year-old.

But in the last year, Stoke fans say Butland’s form dipped and now he looks to be heading out of the Bet 365 with West Ham reportedly monitoring the situation.

So just what has gone wrong for a goalkeeper that was deemed one of the country’s brightest talents when he ventured to Russia for England in the World Cup two years ago?

We asked Stoke fans on Facebook for their thoughts and it’s fair to say the ankle injury Butland suffered while playing for England  against German in 2016 features highly.

Ron Simpson: Playing for England! It’s been downhill ever since!

Warren Wallbanks: He was never the same after his ankle injury during the England game. Now he doesn’t command and no confidence.

Kieran Downs: Once upon a time he was regarded as England’s best keeper but since his ankle injury he hasn’t been the same player.

Paul Amison: To be regarded as a top goalkeeper in the modern game you have to be able to kick a ball and he can’t. Struggles to even keep it in play – which is why he wasn’t number one in the World Cup and why he never had a big club come for him.

Gordon Champ:   I still think he’s a good keeper. Just suffering a lack of confidence. Never got over that injury when playing for England and all the wrong treatment and misdiagnosed injury.

Dave Stonier: He hasn’t regained the form since his injury playing for England….plus the biggest part of a goalkeepers game these days is their distribution…and Butland’s is really poor compared to the very top keepers.

David Baker: I don’t think we should blame him. He’s struggled since the England injury and playing in a team managed by Nathan Jones can’t have helped.





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