Should Leeds United resign Jack Butland following Derby loan?

Jack Butland would be a perfect signing for Leeds United.

Butland is set to leave Derby County this week, following a seven-game loan-spell covering for the injured Lee Grant.

The Rams won all but one of the games the Stoke man featured in, but, on the return of Grant, he would never displace the number one stopper. His fortunes are likely to be similar in the Potteries, with Asmir Begovic undoubted first-choice, and so another loan away from the Brittania Stadium would do the England Under-21 keeper the world of good.

With Premier League clubs unwilling to take a chance on Butland, the former Birmingham man could be a perfect target for a club he has already spent a spell with - Leeds United.

The 21-year-old conceded 28 goals in 16 games during a spell with the Whites last season, but his command of the area and shot-stopping ability - traits highlighted during his spell with Derby - were evident at Elland Road. If he were to complete a switch to Yorkshire, it would be to displace first-choice Marco Silvestri - who has been unchallenged for the number one shirt since his transfer to the club over the summer.

23-year-old Silvestri has enjoyed a mixed start in England, with a string of incredible, game-winning performances often undermined by serious errors. He still has trouble dominating his area, and his lack of communication skills with his defence - especially when centred around Liam Cooper and Jason Pearce - have highlighted the need for him to learn the English language quickly.

He has proven that he is certainly talented enough to play for a team with promotion ambitions to the Premier League, but he can not fulfil that duty in his current state, opening the door for Butland to return to Elland Road.

Nothing more than a stop-gap until Silvestri returns to his early season form with the aid of an English tutor, Butland offers Championship and Premier League experience, and the ability to marshall a defence in front of him with great aptitude. Having also been turning out for Derby, Butland would enter the club with a winning mentality and a desire to move Leeds up the Championship table - a mentality seemingly absent from all but a few present at Elland Road at this current moment in time.

It is highly likely that Silvestri will develop into a truly top class goalkeeper, with his early career at Elland Road suggesting that he could play in the Premier League in the future, but, at the current moment, he is costing the Whites points. A move for Butland would cost little for the club, and he could provide both competition and cover for the 23-year-old Italian, as he comes to term with the intense playing time the Championship brings.

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