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Crystal Palace: Vieira must finally axe Butland

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira must finally axe goalkeeper Jack Butland from his squad as he’s cost them far too much.

What’s the word?

According to a report in The Sun, both Rangers and Bournemouth are on high alert with Butland’s future at Palace up in the air.

The Cherries may only be interested in bringing him in as cover, whereas he could have more of a role to play at the Gers.

Should Crystal Palace axe Butland?

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Since joining The Eagles in 2020 he has often been second choice, and with the player being paid £35k-per-week, it would be a perfect chance to save some money.

Palace are also in advanced talks to sign former West Bromwich Albion shot stopper Sam Johnstone so would have a ready made replace should Butland depart.

He’s cost them too much

Since moving to Selhurst park for £1m in 2020 he has featured just 17 times for the club and kept only three clean sheets. It might be good to have a former England international as your back up keeper, but when you’re paying him a hefty salary it’s soon not worth it.

He has made just 37 saves throughout all of his appearances at the club which means he has Palace £98k per save he’s made. If he sees out the final year of his contract with the club, this could rise even further.

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Consequently, it seems best for all parties if he moves on as it would free up money for Vieira and Palace to spend elsewhere and it would also give Butland the chance to go to a club where he has more chance of playing.

However, he may be forced to take a pay cut, as any new club may find it hard to justify paying his current wage if he was only a back-up.

At the moment Rangers seems like his best bet to get minutes. The future of their 40-year-old stopper is uncertain as he is out of contract, Butland would be able to come in with experience and do a similar job to what Joe Hart has done at Celtic.

Both are former England players who always seemed destined for great things. Hart achieved many during his time at Manchester City, but his downfall was quick, whereas Butland never really reached the levels many expected of him.

It’s highly unlikely Palace will offer him a new deal, so it would make sense for them to try and offload him this summer in the hope of getting a small fee.

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