Jack Butland admits to having a topsy-turvy time at Elland Road - but has loved playing for a 'big club'.>
In February Leeds United boss Brian McDermott decided to bring in Jack Butland on loan from Stoke City.
He had impressed in Yorkshire already in a spell at Barnsley and is considered one of the country’s finest ‘keeping talents - so it seemed a no brainer to the former Reading boss.
But his time at Elland Road has certainly had its ups and downs. His poor performance against Wigan Athletic at the start of this month was not well received by the Elland Road faithful. He let a Martyn Waghorn strike squirm underneath him in a 1-0 defeat.
Last night Leeds lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest but Butland had kept two clean sheets in the games previous to that - and that would have been a boost after a difficult campaign.
However he appears to be happy with his decision - demonstrating no regrets at joining a ‘big club’.
“The spell has had a few ups and downs but what hasn’t changed is the experience I’m getting of playing for a big club.
“There’s a lot of expectation that comes with playing in front of big crowds. Yes it’s been tough and we haven’t picked up enough points but it’s taught me a lot and it will help me moving forward.”
Butland is unlikely to go to Brazil this summer - but he is still thought of as a future England international goalkeeper. This season he has played a handful of Premier League games for Stoke, starred for Barnsley - where he got plenty of practice - and had the experience of playing under the pressure of some of the country’s most passionate fans at Leeds United.
For a 21-year-old goalkeeper that is such a valuable season which will put him in great stead for his next campaign. Whether playing second fiddle to Asmir Begovic or back out on a temporary deal elsewhere he is still a very talented goalkeeper for whom there are no barriers.
This season has been his biggest yet - who knows what next term holds.