Aston Villa have recently been linked with a transfer move for Stoke City goalkeeper, Jack Butland according to a report from The Sun.
The report claims that a bid in the region of £20m is set to be made, and there will certainly be some surprise on the price being quoted for a potential deal for the England goalkeeper.
Butland is the subject of our FLW Spotlight this week, so we look into his statistics from the last three seasons in more detail.
Butland is a highly-rated goalkeeper, and that’s clear to see if Stoke aren’t accepting any offers for their prize asset at this moment in time.
In his last three years with the Potters, Butland as conceded 120 goals in his last 85 appearances for Stoke, which doesn’t make the best of reading.
But you have to consider that one of the seasons that these statistics are based on, is when Stoke were in the Premier League.
They struggled to adapt to life back in the Championship last season as well, but Butland was by far one of their best players throughout last year’s campaign.
He’s kept 26 clean sheets, which means that he has a clean sheet percentage of 30.6% which is impressive given that the Stoke defence in front of him have struggled in recent years.
Butland makes an average of 30.6 passes per game, but with a pass success rate of just 53%, that isn’t something that suggests he’s worth in the region of £20m at all.
There’s no doubt in saying that Butland is a brilliant shot-stopper and these statistics do show that, but he needs to improve his ability on the ball as quickly as possible.
In the Premier League, there is no room for error and he knows that having previously played at that level, and it’s set to be an interesting summer ahead to see whether Stoke are willing to let him depart for a move to Villa Park if this £20m bid is submitted.