In an unusual move, Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has linked one of his teammates with a transfer away from the team.
The Scottish midfielder told BBC Radio 5 live that Jack Butland has the ability to play for one of England’s ‘big clubs’ and the Potters should look to get as much money as possible for the goalkeeper.
While it is strange to see Adam talking about his side selling one of their star performers, it is fair to say that Butland has the ability to perform in the higher reaches of the Premier League.
The 23-year-old is ranked eighth in the top-flight in terms of clean sheets, but has played less games than the two stoppers ranked immediately above him.
Simon Mignolet and Heurelho Gomes have both managed one more shutout than the former Birmingham City man’s ten, but have done so in 33 and 36 outings respectively compared to his 31.
The five highest glovesmen in the clean sheet table all play for the top five clubs in the division and it is understandable that they would be in that position given their side’s standing.
When looking at which outfit would be the best for Butland, Arsenal looks like the most sensible option.
Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United both have quality keepers in their 20s in the form of Hugo Lloris and David De Gea, with both looking unlikely to move this summer.
Thibaut Courtois has started to play down talk of wanting a move away from Chelsea, while Mignolet has only recently signed a new five-year deal at Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola is believed to have some interest in replacing Joe Hart, wanting to bring in someone who is good with their feet, in the Manuel Neuer mould.
However, Butland doesn’t fit this criteria and has a worse Premier League pass success rate than the Manchester City man: the Stoke stopper is on 49.7% compared to Hart’s 52.5% and Neuer’s 81.2%.
That leaves the Gunners as the only viable option and there is enough to suggest the Potters’ number one has the ability to replace Petr Cech.
Indeed, age is definitely on his side, with the Czech international ten years his senior and the statistics show that growing older is affecting the 33-year-old.
Cech has conceded over 30 times in the Premier League in four of the last five seasons where he played over 15 matches, while he had never let in more than 25 in the six campaigns before that.