Scouting Report: Jack Butland (Birmingham City)

 

The facts:

Full name: Jack Butland
Date of birth: March 10th 1993
Club: Birmingham City
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 1.96m
Weight: 94.5kg
Squad number: 1

 

Jack Butland has only come into the public eye in the last few months when he produced simply fantastic performances for Team GB during the 2012 Olympic Football tournament.

In July Birmingham reportedly turned down a £6m offer from Southampton for the 19-year-old. The Birmingham manager, Lee Clarke, said it would take a “crazy” offer for the club to even consider selling the England international.
Outstanding performances at youth and now senior level has attracted the attention of reputable clubs such as Liverpool and Tottenham. One of the more memorable performances of his career came against Brazil (see video) for Team GB in a friendly before the Olympic games.

 

This goalkeeper is the best I have ever seen for his age and could become one of the greatest in the world. Potentially over taking Manchester City ‘keeper, Joe Hart, as England number 1. Despite playing in England’s second division it is clear to see to all who have watched him this man will achieve great things.

 

Butland has represented England at all youth levels from the under 16s. He enjoyed great success at youth level winning the UEFA Under 17 European Championship.

 

My ratings:

Reflexes- 83/100, potential reflexes 93/100
Handling- 79/100, potential handling 89/100
1-on-1s- 80/100, potential 1-on-1s 90/100
Positioning- 76/100, potential positioning 84/100
Defending set-pieces- 78/100, potential defending set-pieces 83/100
Punching- 72/100, potential punching 80/100
Composure- 88/100, potential composure 96/100
Market value- £14m-£18m, potential market value £30m-£40m.

 

The summary:

 

With reflexes to match the likes of Neuer and Casillas, and a brilliant ability to get down low to make saves Birmingham are quite literally in safe hands with the youngster in goal.

 

Here are some links to the player in action:

 

Butland vs Brazil for Team GB

Butland vs France, under 17 European Championship

 

Report written by Thomas Munson

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