Asmir Begovic's recent dip in form for Stoke City saw Mark Hughes give Jack Butland a chance in the 2-0 loss to Swansea.
Given Begovic's position as one of the Premier League's top goalkeepers, it was always a good move for the Potters to recruit someone who is regarded as one of the nation's top goalkeeping prospects, just in case a European giant came in with a bid that was impossible to refuse.
However, the Bosnian stopper has remained at the Britannia, to the delight of Stoke fans, meaning that Butland has had limited action for the Potters. The 27-year-old has made a couple of costly mistakes in recent games against West Brom and Chelsea, and Hughes was happy to give Butland some game time.
At Swansea City the 22-year-old made his first Premier League appearance of the season, having only made three top flight appearances last year, and Butland has just a handful of games since moving to Stoke in 2012.
The former Birmingham man has gotten his first team football in the domestic cups for the Potters this season, making a couple of appearances in both the FA and League Cup, as well as spending a short spell at Derby.
|Position||Team||Goals Conceded per Game||Saves per Game||Keeper Pick Up per Game||Accurate Goal Kicks per Game||Accurate Keeper Throws per Game||Accurate Pass per Game||Saved Obox per Game||Appearances||Mins Played|
Considering Stoke lost the game at the Liberty Stadium by two goals to nil, Butland actually posted decent stats, especially with regards to his distribution. The England international completed more goal kicks, throw and passes on Saturday than Begovic has averaged across the season.
Begovic has had to deal with more saves per game on average than Butland managed against Swansea (2), but the younger stopper managed to collect the ball more than the Bosnian on average, and he looked solid throughout the course of the game.
Though this is just a snapshot of Butland, looking at a single defeated game against Begovic's entire season, there is no reason not to expect the youngster to really underline his class in the next couple of years, and it is great news for the Potters that they have one of the best up-and-coming goalkeepers in the division to come in for Begovic if needed.