Jack Butland: The most wanted goalkeeper in Britain
Having just returned from the European Championships with England, Jack Butland is now the subject of a £6million bid from Premier League new boys Southampton.
Yet the 19-year-old who is on Birmingham City’s books has only ever played 24 senior matches, and all of those were for Cheltenham Town in League Two.
That didn’t put Roy Hodgson or Southampton off though, and there is reported interest from Arsenal and Manchester City as well.
Sunderland fan Gavin Henderson (@GavinSAFC) asks the question: “Jack Butland seems to be causing a lot of fuss, despite never starting a league game in the Championship. Why?”
Well, at 6”4 Butland is an imposing figure. He is said to have more than enough confidence in his ability and has been likened to Joe Hart.
Apparently 50 scouts watched him at one game in League Two last season and scouts from all over Europe were frequent visitors to Cheltenham’s Whaddon Road.
Current holder of Birmingham’s number one jersey Ben Foster (@BenFoster) is in no doubt of Butland’s qualities.
He tweeted earlier in the season: “Remember the name Jack Butland people. Never seen such a frighteningly good young talent in my career. He’s got everything and he is only 19!”
Some are yet to be convinced though.
Model and football fan Rhys Badham (@RhysBadham) tweeted: “£6M for Jack Butland who has only played a senior game for Cheltenham is stupid..Southampton must only be going on football manager stats.”
Cheltenham fan and aspiring journalist Paddy von Behr (@Paddyvb) thinks that staying at Birmingham might be the better option: “Not sure what’s best for Jack Butland right now...if he’ll start at #bcfc , hang around, otherwise Southampton could be good.”
It remains to be seen whether a proposed move will go ahead, with new Blues manager Lee Clark praising the youngster upon his arrival.
One thing is for sure though, Saints’ official bid will have alerted the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United, and another summer transfer saga is set to begin.