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Asmir Begovic makes prediction about Stoke City man ahead of upcoming campaign

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Former Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has predicted that Josef Bursik is set to go on to achieve big things in the future.

A product of the Potters’ youth academy, Bursik has managed to showcase his talent in each of the past two seasons.

In the 2020/21 campaign, the keeper made 15 appearances for the Potters in the Championship.

Bursik went on to feature on 19 occasions at this level during the previous campaign.

The 22-year-old will be looking to establish himself as Stoke’s first-choice keeper in the new term after missing a chunk of action due to injury last season.

Set to face competition for a place in the club’s starting eleven from Jack Bonham, it will be interesting to see who is given the nod to start for the Potters by manager Michael O’Neill in their upcoming clash with Millwall.

Stoke will be looking to move forward as a club in the Championship after being forced to settle for a 14th-place finish at this level earlier this year.

Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Begovic has admitted that he is a big fan of Bursik.

Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel, Begovic said: “The most important thing for Joe is that he’s at a good club with a good coach. He’s got to keep working, stay pushing but stay patient with it. Sometimes you can try to push things too quickly but if you are playing week in, week out in the Championship every week that’s a big step.

“We’re very guilty in this country of expecting too much too soon and sometimes we just need to be a little bit patient.

“I was about 22, about Joe’s age, when I got my big break having been through loans in League One and League Two. It was then that things sped up very quickly.

“I’m a big fan of Joe’s and I’ve got no doubt that he’s got a big, big future in the game.”

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The Verdict

When you consider that Bursik still has plenty of time to make considerable strides in terms of his development, it is hardly a surprise that Begovic has tipped him to achieve big things in the future.

Bursik’s goal for the new campaign will be to establish himself as a regular member of Stoke’s starting eleven.

If he is selected to feature against Millwall, the keeper could boost his chances of retaining a place in the Potters’ side for the foreseeable future by producing a positive performance at The Den.

By pushing each other to reach new heights, Bursik and Bonham could potentially help Stoke achieve a relative amount of success during the opening stages of the 2022/23 season.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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