Butland In Team Of The Week (6/3/18)
Stoke City are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks following the clash with Southampton.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by goalkeeper Jack Butland in the scoreless draw with Southampton at the weekend at St Mary's Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Butland as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'This wasn`t a classic encounter but Stoke will be grateful for the point. Last week, Jack Butland grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons having made a costly error. Against Southampton the Stoke supporters found themselves chanting 'England`s number one' again. Having had Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton between the sticks in years gone by they know a top-class keeper when they see one.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Butland for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the point.
Jack Butland (Stoke City), Matt Lowton (Burnley), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Adrian Mariappa (Watford), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Andre Ayew (Swansea City), Leroy Sane (Manchester City).