22-Year-Old Goalkeeper Stoke City Premier
Butland is expected to compete with veteran Shay Given for Stoke City's starting goalkeeper position now that former teammate Asmir Begovic has been sold to Chelsea, the Stoke Sentinel reports.
Butland is fresh off playing for England in the European U-21 Championships, so he's yet to join Stoke for their preseason training program, but the 22-year-old could very well earn the Potters' No. 1 goalkeeper position this season. While Butland will have to beat out the veteran Given for that designation, the opening brought by Begovic's departure creates an excellent opportunity for Butland to emerge on fantasy radars. Knowing that, it should be worthwhile to monitor Butland's progress as the upcoming season approaches to see if he's indeed tabbed as Stoke's first-choice keeper.