The Daily Mail have claimed that Aston Villa want to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland this month after Tom Heaton suffered a lengthy knee injury in the 2-1 win over Burnley on Wednesday afternoon.
The win also saw goalscorer Wesley suffer a knee problem, meaning Dean Smith’s men are likely to be after a new striker in the coming days. Butland has appeared as Smith’s number-one choice to replace Heaton between the sticks.
The club do boast a plethora of goalkeeping options in Jed Steer, Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic – the latter two both national team players for Norway and Croatia. But Kalinic, 29, is expected to leave as per the report, with a loan to Spain most likely.
Butland, 26, has hardly showered himself in glory since Stoke were relegated to the Championship. A dismal campaign last season and has hardly been improved this season. The nine-time England cap has conceded 34 goals in just 20 games.
TBR’s view – Is Butland a good signing for Aston Villa?
It remains to be seen how lengthy Heaton’s injury is, but if it is to keep him out for the rest of the campaign – then Villa will need a new goalkeeper. Nyland is too risky, Steer is inexperienced and Kalinic is leaving.
Butland, though, may not be the right path. In the Premier League, Butland enhanced his reputation by making save after save and if he made a mistake – it was down to young age. Now, he is 26, and still making those same mistakes.
The Times claimed in the summer that Stoke wanted £30million for Butland – but that is too expensive. If Villa can get Butland for a fee around half that figure, then they should move. Anything above £20million, and they should look elsewhere.