Angus Gunn is hoping to reignite his career with a loan spell at Stoke City.
The 25-year-old keeper had been on the cusp of the England team when he joined Southampton from Manchester City but gradually lost his starting place to Alex McCarthy.
Instead – when a vacancy was created by Jack Butland leaving for Crystal Palace in October – he joined Stoke on a long-term loan deal.
It was announced a season-long agreement but it was always expected that could cover next term too.
Is Angus Gunn on loan at Stoke City until the end of next season?
Gunn has agreed a loan deal until the end of 2021/22.
But Southampton are believed to have a break clause to recall him this summer, should they wish to add him to their squad or have the chance to sell him permanently.
How long is his contract at Southampton?
Gunn is under contract at Southampton until the end of 2022/23.
What is his competition at Stoke?
He was brought in to offer cover and competition for Adam Davies, who had emerged past Butland as number one.
At that time, 20-year-old Joe Bursik was out on loan at Doncaster Rovers as part of his long-term development plan.
When Davies and Gunn were both injured, however, Bursik returned and produced good enough form to propel himself firmly into O’Neill’s plans. The order was shuffled again in January and Gunn has come out currently on top.
O’Neill told Radio Stoke: “Joe did very well for us as a young keeper coming into the Championship, having had the first part of the season on loan at Doncaster. He’s gaining experience all the time.
“Angus was ready to play, Joe had a little dip in form and as a result of that Angus took the opportunity. It’s unfortunate for Adam Davies because at the time he was just a little slower in his return from injury.
“Those are all decisions I have to make.
“Joe is a big part of the future of this club – but part of being a goalkeeper is being part of the team. There’s only one that can play. Joe’s dealing with that now, that’s the other side of being a goalkeeper.
“The onus is on Angus to make sure that his form stays at a level when I don’t have to consider one of the other two lads.”
When is Davies’s contract up at Stoke?
The 28-year-old signed a three-year deal when he joined from Barnsley in the summer of 2019. That takes him up until the end of next season.
When is Bursik’s contract up at Stoke?
Everton and Celtic were among the clubs on alert before the England youth keeper signed a long-term deal with Stoke in January 2020 to keep him until at least 2023.
How will he be feeling at the moment?
Former Stoke keeper coach Andy Quy, on Radio Stoke duty last night, said: “I think initially he’ll be very disappointed.
“He’ll feel he had performed to a good level, he’ll know what he needs to learn from and what mistakes he made and how to put them right. He’ll have been working hard to do that.
“He’ll be desperate for another opportunity. He’s had a taste of it and he’ll be really desperate to get another, hopefully this season.
“First thing will be disappointment, second thing will be knowing he has to support the team, work hard, train hard on a daily basis and show the manager you’re the best he can be every day and this is why he should be put in the team again.”
Could there be movement in the next transfer window?
Quy said: “That’s something that will be assessed at the end of the season. They’ll take a view on the goalkeepers in the building and what’s going to be best for those individuals at that point and what’s going to be best for the club.
“There may be interest from other clubs in Adam Davies or in Josef, they have both performed at a high level, then it’s up to Stoke City to make a decision on what they want and where they see the future of those goalkeepers.”
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How will all three get along in training?
Quy said: “It’s going to be extremely competitive. Training will be good, at a high quality. They are three fantastic individuals in terms of people and how they go about their work and the qualities they’ve got. Training will be excellent.
“The disappointment will come at the end of the week. One of them will miss out. But they will have all been reading the situation through January, they’re not silly. They understand which way things are going to go.
“Joe will have known the other two will have been hot on his heels coming back from injury. It’s competition and you have to thrive in those conditions. His time may come again, there are lots of games between now and the end of the season.”