The Sun have come out with a story claiming Aston Villa are ready to bust into the transfer market with a huge £20m bid for Stoke City and England goalie Jack Butland. The Potters are adamant in their £23m estimation of their man in-between the sticks but Dean Smith is hopeful that this big money swoop will be a success since he wants a “top class keeper with Premier League experience” in his team.
But as much as Butland has seen success before and is definitely experienced, here are two main reasons why Villa are headed for a huge transfer blunder with this potential deal…
Sometimes you simply have to consider all angles before making the final decision on such a big deal. Sure, on the face of it, buying a 26-year-old goalkeeper with some mileage already in his shoes seems like a good decision, but you have to ask yourself: is it worth it?
And in this specific case, the answer is no, it’s not. Not when you’re, first of all, overpaying if you meet Stoke’s £23m estimation. But that’s not even the worst thing here. Sure, going for Butland would fill the pockets of Stoke significantly but 20% of that sum would, the Sun warns, go to Villa’s rivals Birmingham. That’s £4m straight into the budget of their bitter enemies because of a deal that now, technically, has nothing to do with them.
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Can Villa really afford that, let alone accept it?
Aston Villa didn’t really have a true first-choice goalkeeper in their latest Championship campaign with that position jumping back and forth from the Norwegian Ørjan Nyland and the Englishman Jed Steer.
Sure, Butland’s pedigree and reputation certainly put him above the goalie duo Villa have at their disposal but seeing how they improved so much defensively during the last few months of the season, one could question if such a pricey acquisition is really necessary when they can probably make do with what they currently have. Steer was the hero of the playoff semi-final and has been completely transformed since his loan spell at Charlton.
Would Butland be an improvement on Steer? Probably, yes, but the price is too big to pay to find that out when there are other departments that require improvements this summer too. With Tammy Abraham’s future uncertain following his year-long loan, Villa’s priority should be signing a new goalscoring centre-forward rather than personnel at the other end of the pitch.