Under-the-radar 2017 arrival could be Stoke’s long-term Butland replacement

By Mathew Nash

As reported by tbrfootball.com,

When Stoke City were relegated it looked like plenty of their star players would be exiting the club. However, the Potters did well to hold on to many of their stars. One of those players was Jack Butland.

The England international was immediately linked with an exit after Stoke’s relegation. However, despite links with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, Butland remained.

However, Stoke have found life in the Championship tougher than many expected. Luckily the nature of the league table means they remain within touching distance of the promotion places, despite being in 14th place. But the early signs suggest Stoke may not go straight back up.

At that point, Stoke will struggle to keep hold of Butland.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Josef Bursik of Stoke City in action during the Liverpool v Stoke City U18 Premier League game at The Kirkby Academy on February 2, 2018 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

But do they already have his replacement? When Stoke City raided AFC Wimbledon in July 2017 not many fans would have given the move much notice.

However, Josef Bursik is now looking like …read more