Having already seen 10 players make their departures from the bet365 Stadium this summer, Stoke City may now be about to wave goodbye to Jack Butland.
According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old goalkeeper is reportedly ready to quit English football to pursue a career in Europe as he looks to enhance his prospects of getting back into England’s starting eleven ahead of Euro 2020.
Butland was an unused substitute in both of the Three Lions’ UEFA Nations League games this summer with Jordan Pickford currently being manager Gareth Southgate’s first-choice keeper.
After missing out on a move to the Premier League earlier this month despite considerable interest from AFC Bournemouth, the shot-stopper is now considering other options with the transfer window still open in Germany, France, Spain and Italy until September 2nd.
Despite delivering a number of impressive performances for Stoke during the previous campaign, Butland has suffered a shaky start to the 2019/20 season in the Championship.
After making an error during the Potters’ opening day defeat against Queens Park Rangers, the former Birmingham City man was unable to keep out a tame effort from Lyle Taylor in last week’s 3-1 loss to Charlton Athletic.
If Butland is indeed pushing for an exit from Stoke, manager Nathan Jones should consider cashing on him as he needs players at the bet365 Stadium who are totally committed to helping the club achieve success in the second-tier.
Given that the shot-stopper is currently contracted until 2021 (via Transfermarkt), the Potters should be able to seal a sizeable fee for him which could then be invested during the January transfer window.
Although Butland’s departure will undoubtedly leave a void in goal for Stoke, summer signing Adam Davies could turn out to be the perfect replacement.
Excellent for Barnsley last season in League One, the Wales international kept a total of 19 clean-sheets in 42 appearances as he helped the club achieve promotion to the second-tier.
Providing that he can replicate this form in the Championship, Davies may turn out to be a pivotal player for Jones’ side during the current campaign.