‘Terrific’ – Stoke City coach on Jack Butland and Angus Gunn deadline day deals



Billy McKinlay hopes Jack Butland can kick start his career after ending a near-eight-year rollercoaster stay at Stoke City.

Butland was on the cusp of becoming England number one thanks to his fine form in his breakthrough season – but a complicated fractured ankle derailed his hopes for club and country.

Now aged 27, the chance opened up late in the window to move to Crystal Palace, where Wayne Hennessey had suffered a leg injury in the closing minutes of Wales’ win in Bulgaria on Wednesday night.

Stoke moved fast in turn to bring in Angus Gunn from Southampton on a season-long loan.

The 24-year-old will provide competition for Adam Davies, who has kept eight clean sheets in 12 matches since replacing Butland as first choice in July, heading into this afternoon’s clash at Luton Town.

Blondy Nna Noukeu is on the bench at Kenilworth Road, with Gunn expected to meet his new teammates on Monday.

McKinlay told Radio Stoke: “I think first and foremost it’s a good opportunity for Jack. He’s been a terrific stalwart for Stoke over the years and we wish him all the best. Hopefully his career can kick on.

“We’re looking forward to Angus coming in and it’s good competition for Adam Davies, who’s been terrific for us. Angus will obviously put up a good fight for the jersey and we’re looking forward to working with him.”





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