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After his wonderful performance against Arsenal,

The question that dominated the minds of English football fans was that should Jack Butland be England’s first choice goalkeeper?

Jack Butland is the most underrated goalkeeper in the Premier LeagueThere is a strong argument that this should be the case even though the promising shot stopper has only made 28 Premier League appearances since joining Stoke in 2013.

After going from loan spell to loan spell, the departure of Asmir Begovic from Stoke this summer to Chelsea gave Butland the opportunity to be part of the setup at the Britannia and he has shined ever since.

Being thrown into the high pressure world of the Premier League can break a young player. But it seems that being flung in at the deep end has helped Butland to develop his skills, his performances have been impressive all season and he can only get better.

However, I do not think Butland is getting the plaudits he deserves and this is because football fans allow foreign talent to overshadow home-grown players. Over the course of this season David de Gea’s camera saves and Petr Cech’s accomplished performances have been getting all the attention.

Also, because these goalkeepers play for so called bigger clubs they steal the spotlight on the highlight programmes from the likes of Butland. Although some may disagree with me I would say Jack Butland has been one of the best goalkeepers in the league this season and I would go as far as saying he’s in the top 5 goalkeepers in the Premier League today.

For a goalkeeper who is high on the list of the amount of clean sheets kept this season, with nine overall in the league, maybe Butland is better than some people give him credit for.

In context, nine clean sheets at this point in the season for a club such as Stoke who aren’t challenging for titles is impressive. What is even more impressive is only four teams have conceded less goals than Stoke this season, of course defending is a team effort but Butland is a huge reason for this. There is no doubt in my mind that in the next couple of seasons, Butland will move on from the Britannia Stadium to bigger and better things.

Although Stoke City are a wonderful, well run footballing establishment, they aren’t a huge club who can provide Butland with the chance to win silverware. With Cech slowly approaching his twilight years it is possible Arsenal might snap up the youngster. Being at a top club such as Arsenal would take Butland onto the next level.

Right now his talent is raw but he has all the qualities such as bravery and incredible reflexes to name just two, which could potentially lead to him developing into a world class goalkeeper.

If whilst at Stoke he only concedes one goal a game imagine how good he could be with better players in front of him. This is an exciting time not just for Stoke fans but for England fans too.

It been a long while since we’ve had two top goalkeepers challenging one another for a place in the starting XI. Roy Hodgson will have a selection headache when it comes to this summer’s European Championships opening fixture in France.

Both England and Stoke fans should rejoice at his talents but sorry Potters fans enjoy Butland whilst you can because he won’t be there for very long.

Originally published at oneshotfootball.com

Post written by Scott Francis
for One Shot Football, Blog: One Shot Football, Twitter: @O_S_Football

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