Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Jack Butland Is a Useless Signing for Gunners

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2013

Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland
Birmingham goalkeeper Jack ButlandBen Hoskins/Getty Images

Jack Butland moving to Arsenal is a signing that doesn't make any sense.

Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star is reporting that the Gunners are looking at a £6 million bid for the 19-year-old keeper.

The article goes on to say that Arsene Wenger is looking at a player who could possibly challenge Wojciech Szczesny in the first team.

You could see where the manager is coming from as Szczesny hasn't quite improved to the level you would have expected him to. If he has a challenger for his spot, it could provide the motivation for picking up his form.

Admittedly, though, Szczesny's form hasn't been all that bad. It's not as if Arsenal is having the same kind of issues it did with Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski.

Those guys were absolute disasters. Rarely can a goalkeeper alone cost you a victory as much as those two seemed to do for the Gunners. The only consistent aspect of their play was that they continually underwhelmed.

Szczesny is a universe away from Fabianski and Almunia.

Another fact that needs to be taken into account is that Butland doesn't fit whatsoever with the goal of providing an experienced, veteran shot-stopper to push Szczesny.

Butland doesn't have much experience, period. This isn't the same as when Manchester United moved for a 19-year-old David de Gea or Chelsea for Thibaut Courtois, who was also 19.

Were it not for the Olympics, the English keeper likely wouldn't be on the radar of any top Premier League clubs. His name would bounce around a bit. Butland's club form isn't spectacular enough to warrant the attention he gets.

More important than anything else is that he has absolutely no Premier League experience. While he might be English, he has no idea of the standards of the English top flight, or any top league for that matter.

At his age, Butland needs first-team football on a regular basis, and he's not going to get that at Arsenal.

Unless, of course, Wenger was prepared to throw away the club's chances of playing in the Champions League.

Butland would move to Arsenal and sit on the bench to rot or possibly get loaned out, so it's like he's not even on the team anyway.

He might prove a good choice for the Gunners in a few years, when he has more experience and progressed more as a player. For now, he should stay at Birmingham.