Tottenham Hotspurs started Paulo Gazzaniga for their Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven as Hugo Lloris, however, rumours that Tottenham is looking for a new goalkeeper to replace the increasingly erratic Lloris are buzzing around. This could be bad news for Stoke City supporters.
If Tottenham were to look for a new goalkeeper, their most obvious target would be Jack Butland, a quality goalkeeper who is English and possibly quite cheap to get. Butland in the past has made some noise over wanting to join a Premier League team, the fact that Butland didn’t leave in the last transfer window was an absolute miracle with rumours linking with Chelsea after Thibaut Courtois left Chelsea for Real Madrid.
Letting Jack Butland leave in the January transfer window could potentially be a disastrous move for Stoke City’s bid for promotion. Stoke City in the past few games defensively have looked more solid and it’s no coincidence that Butland is playing well. Should he leave there would be a couple of problems for Gary Rowett to deal with, first who’s going to be his starting goalkeeper, will he go with Adam Federici or buy a new goalkeeper, either way, he’s not going to get a goalkeeper of Butland’s calibre. Another question for Stoke City would be how letting Butland leave would affect the team’s performances. Stoke City still depend on Butland quite a lot, just last game against Middlesbrough he made some crucial saves to keep the score level. The last question for Stoke City would be letting their most valuable player currently leave would indicate that Stoke is a selling club which is clearly not what Rowett will want, the likes of Berahino and Shawcross could use Butland’s potential move as a precedent to let them join a Premier League team.
The best compromise for both Butland and Stoke City would be to discuss this at the end of the issue, that way Stoke City can continue their season as it is while Butland can be assured that there will be talks at the end of the season regarding his future.