Stoke City recall Joe Bursik from Doncaster Rovers after Angus Gunn blow



Joe Bursik is in line to make his Stoke City debut just days after he won his first cap for England under-21s.

The 20-year-old keeper has been recalled from a long-term loan at Doncaster Rovers after both Angus Gunn (ankle) and Adam Davies (knee) suffered injuries.

Bursik had been expected to see out the season at Doncaster before returning to challenge to be Stoke number one.

But the youngster, who joined from AFC Wimbledon in 2017, is now thrown into the spotlight ahead of a run of 13 games in six weeks.

Michael O’Neill also has Cameroon youth international Blondy Nna Noukeu and England youth keeper Nathan Broome to call from as he hosts Huddersfield Town in the Championship on Saturday.

Bursik told Radio Stoke last night: “I’ve had a lot of loans – I think this is my fourth – and the really beneficial ones were when I went into non-league. I started at Hednesford in the Conference North for a couple of months and then went on to Telford.

“In that short time you learnt so much about the game. I would advise the same for any young keeper. I was a bit reluctant to go at first, I wasn’t sure about the level or what challenges I’d face, but I’m so glad Andy and Danny pushed me to get that loan. It really set me up.

“I made a big jump from Conference North to League One, there’s no getting around that, and I’ really good I did. I got my pro debut under John Coleman and I can’t thank him enough for that.

“The things you learn as a keeper are all pretty much the same. It’s dealing with things like crosses, loads of shots… I don’t think it changes too much when you move up the leagues. Obviously it gets quicker and you come up against better quality players but the job remains the same.

“I think it’s good I learned those lessons at a young age. It gives you a chance to see where you’re at. I’m really enjoying it at Donny at the moment, learning a different side of the game because they’re a good football side.

“I’m involved a lot, the centre-halves are giving me the ball under pressure and the gaffer wants us to play out from the back.

“There are different challenges compared to Accrington, which was more old school football in terms of me as a keeper kicking it long at goal-kicks and facing more shots.

“You have to learn from everything and try my best to improve.”





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