Why Waste £4M On Goalkeeper Jack Butland?


News today that Newcastle are eyeing a move for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland, who at 19 is one England’s most promising goalkeepers, and of course he represented Great Britain in the London Olympics last summer.

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Jack Butland – a Newcastle target in January

And since Steve Harper will be leaving the club when his contact expires at the end of June, we need another goalkeeper coming in – but spending £4M on one in January, doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to us.

Goalkeeper is not a weakness in the side through the end of the season, although Tim Krul has not shown the excellent form he was in last season, and surely Newcastle should be bringing in a striker and some defenders and also a creative central midfielder in the short time left in January?

Jack stands 6′ 5″ tall and would give good competition to Dutch International Tim Krul, but we hardly need to spend time trying to get  another goalkeeper in, when other positions in the side are so lacking in competition.

Of course Jack is a perfect recruit for Newcastle, and it seems Birmingham City need the money and will sell the Great Britain goalkeeper this month – so if Newcastle really want him – we suppose they will go after him now – although they will face competition from some bigger clubs.

Butland has made 27 league appearances for Birmingham, and 24 appearances on loan at Cheltenham over the last couple of years, and we’d be very surprised if big Jack arrives at Newcastle this month – but there again – we’ve been wrong before. 😀

What do you think?

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744 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    If Mike have the money to spend (it is still an investment) I couldn’t care less…

    …if it won’t have an impact on our transfer chest then who cares really? (it won’t move our wage cap one way or the other)

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Maybe we have had an offer for Krul.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Pie in the sky stuff this one.

    There is NO WAY we are after him.

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Jeezzzzzz, does this mean Krul is going? I guess Butland has experience at Championship level. He might need it if this transfer window pans out like every other one under Ashley.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Why? Unless we can field 2 GK’s I think we should be going for CB’s dammit!

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    remy thing repost:

    qpr:
    1. have a way better manager
    2. willing to spend way more money..especially if they stay up
    3. are in form (beat chelsea, drew against spurs)
    4. way higher wage
    5. release clause in case they go down
    6. mbia, possibly mvilla

    nufc:
    1. cabaye, debuchy, hatem
    2. way bigger fan base

    whod you choose if u werent a fan of nufc?

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  • BenbulbenMag

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d sign him if the money were coming from the “development” kitty and not the “emergency let’s get the transfers we should have gotten in the summer” kitty 😉

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  • nick_9

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    4 mill on a position we have enough cover in? Not a chance. If Remy goes to QPR the real test of the club will be if try have backup options an if they can get them done quick enough. They’re so tough at negotiating it drags it out.

    Remy and m’villa in a 15 million spend for qpr!
    A well known bad boy and an out of form striker who wanted to quit not so long ago, risky business for a side needing instant results. Also added about 6 million on QPR’s wage bill in two signings, typical redknapp really.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    I find this story almost comical considering the current predicament.

    We may well be in for him, there is nothing wrong with planning for the future. But I do hope NUFC are prioritising.

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Repost

    Has this got the hall marks of a typical Toon window…so much promise, so much positive noise and then nothing…………..
    Talk is cheap and action is where it is!

    Torq
    Btw don’t agree ’bout Proud as he stated bout Remy last night as fact that he has signed and assigned a shirt no. I stupidly believed what I was told…….foolish me 🙁

    Btw can Butland play up front…..thought not!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Bru…I don’ so, but Harps will be leaving and lets face it you need more than one really good keeper (Elliott will never be that)

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Non- starter for me, not in January anyway.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #13

    *don’t think…

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    nightfa11 – you could put Euro footy and resale value on the nufc column.

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  • ajcrawfs

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    qpr are in better form maybe by results but they have been lucky, especially against chelsea! you watch they will go down!

    Nufc have been unfortunate to lose some games recently

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #16

    oh and chances of being considered for the national team.

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    I have to say, this whole depression that occurred last night around the Remy deal was started by Barton. I just hope the clown was on a wind up, there’s no news either way as yet which menas that the agents are stringing us all along. I want players like Debuchy who actually WANT to come play for us not mercenaries like Ba who follow the biggest wad of cash. If Remy is like Ba, he can go and swivel. Onwards and upwards. I hope…

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  • Carl92

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    We had Fraser Forster one of the best young keepers in the game. Then sold him to Celtic, to then now be looking at another top young English keeper that we have to pay for?! Surely not?

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Spread – All I am saying with regards proud is – lets wait for the official confirmation first! No reliable sources have confirmed anything. Lets wait for that before deconstructing what went before.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #20

    Its not only opposite of what we need he really isnt that good.

    Hes just one of the players hyped up without doing anything…he got his england call up with the highest team he played for was cheltnam.

    Im from just outside birmingham and i often go st andrews with my mate when i dont go st james and he really isnt that good at all…prone to errors, hes just tall.

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  • nick_9

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Nightfall you forgot European football for us and London for qpr. He may very well have a buy out clause but if he plays in the premier league half hearted he won’t stand much of a chance and what’s to say someone will
    Take the chance in the summer if he is a free agent? He certainly won’t be on mega money if he does rubbish for qpr.

    I thought he was a risky signing for us based on what I’d heard about him wanting to quit and been a party boy but for qpr to sign him they’re in ever more of a mess

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    This is a non-starter for me.

    Butland said he will only leave for first team football.

    There has been nothing to say krul is going anywhere so can’t see krul being benched.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #23

    surely the teeshirt should read IN TRUST WE CARRNT

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  • colwell

    Jan 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #24

    ba came for the money Marv came for the money whats different with Remy?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Lets face it – the media love us because we make papers and sky subs fly off the shelves, whether it is our paranoid attention, the unwashed or the host of jealous PL also-ran club supporters who revel in the circus that surrounds us.

    Our blogs must be required reading for sports journalists.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    I see trouble ahead………..

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  • gfp13

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #27

    Like someone said earlier… If the 4mil doesn’t effect our budget for other positions then get him. I’d probably strike a deal so he stays at Birmingham until next season. Get him a few more games and then take it from there next season. Haven’t seen much of the lad except for team gb and he seemed good then and I’ve heard great things but I don’t see any truth in this unless krul is to be sold

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  • nickybutttt

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #28

    just long terms view. read that article again, you know, club is moving on the next striker target, after remy deal was hijacked, i think this link is not plan to overcome this window, we should understand just, that are interested in young goalkeep, that’s all

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  • nimo

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #29

    forster is a great shot stopper but that’s where it ends.. krul is a lot better all round.. dont know why people moan about his sale its all the club could do

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #30

    I wouldnt necessarily put London in the QPR column, its no real commute these days, the Toon has a lot to offer, and the airport is quieter and has Air France and KLM flights to Paris daily. Are you reading this, Loic?

    On a side note, I still chuckle when i recall the mackems Olympic Stadium suitability bid – they said they had a handy Airport ha ha which one was that then, Peterlee International 🙂

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Torq
    Tbf good point….I just lost it last night when BBC confirmed that Remy never even came to Newcastle…..
    I do trust BBC as they are one of the few news corporations that do their own investigations……90% of media stories are from New Corporation and Reuters….sad really but thats the truth of it…..like you say no official news is good news eh! 😉

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #32

    ok…euro league.. but knowing pardew he wont go all in..especially cos were fighting against relegation..

    but theres another plus for qpr..

    if a player will want to leave the club, their owner wont put a 40 mio price tag on him..

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  • One comment a day

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #33

    I live in Morpeth, but even if I go to Yorkshire for example Rebecca of mature dating is only ever 3 miles away. Does this constitute as her stalking me?

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #34

    Ill stick my neck out and say he will mever be Englands number one…remeber scott carson? Hyped up despite doing very little and faded into nothing when it.turned out how average he is.

    The FA set the next england.squad out at very young ages and butland was one of.these players

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Would be ironical if NUFC relegated QPR on 12th may, or the other way around. Don’t wanna wish bad on any 1, but possibility exists

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  • Raffo

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #36

    I say go for it. Krul has no competition. Harps is finished and Eliot isnt any good. Krul needs competition as does Collo and all the top names. Tiote has performed badly but hasnt really had any pressure put on him, esp with Cabayes injury.

    If Remy goes elsewhere then fine. I like the bit about them challenging for the title next year. I nearly wet myself.

    Give Ashley the window. I have faith, blind maybe, but faith it is. If we have nothing to show after it then we can start the campaigns again

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #37

    One comment – nah you are wrong Rebecca is only 3 miles from me… wait a minute.. (looks out of kitchen window) is that YOU, One Comment?

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  • Krul to be Kind

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #38

    A few are criticising what happened to Foster. Unbelievable, the kid wanted regular first team football which we couldnt offer so off he went.

    Krul is the more riunded keeper so I think we made the right choice!

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #39

    Spread – everybody loses it now and again. Part and parcel of being a toon fan!

    I’ve accepted that Remy is long gone – and am
    moving on. Should things revert back to how they were this time yesterday – then so be it! 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #40

    One Comment…Keep your hands off…she’s mine.

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