Mark Hughes always knew Jack Butland could star for Stoke City

The young goalkeeper has been in fine form for the Potters this season.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes always knew that Jack Butland could be his number one goalkeeper, he has told the Mirror.

The youngster made the step up to first-choice goalkeeper this season, with Asmir Begovic deciding to join Chelsea.

He has been hugely impressive as well, with a series of top performances earning him widespread praise and a likely spot in England’s squad for Euro 2016.

His displays have not come as a surprise though, with many having predicted he would have a bright future for a number of years.

And Hughes says he always knew that Butland could be his first-choice goalkeeper should Begovic leave the club.

“It was always in mind that, if Asmir left, we had someone in the building who was a potential No.1,” he told the Mirror. 

“We always had the view that at some point Jack would be the No.1 and he’s worn that No.1 shirt very ­comfortably.”

“The risk was lessened because of Jack’s ability, his presence, and his manner. He’s a mature individual and those qualities have helped him take everything on board and to come in and do as well as he has done.”

The Potters will now be hoping that they can keep hold of their star man should the big sides come knocking.

There is no doubt that his performances will have caught the eye, and with several sides needing a new goalkeeper, it would not be surprising to see offers arriving in the summer.

Chief among his suitors could be Liverpool, who are likely to try and secure an alternative to Simon Mignolet in the next transfer window given how he has struggled again this year.

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