Stoke have established themselves as a fully-fledged member of the Premier League community. I cannot see them being relegated in the near future as they have gained enough experience to grind out results. They have also solid home record and even the Manchester clubs don’t enjoy visiting the Britannia Stadium. Their strength is in their organisation, being hard to break down and score against.
Much of their defensive success is down to their tall Bosnian keeper. The 6 foot 5 inch stopper has earned much critical acclaim of late and could be on his way to another club very soon. While he will be grateful to Stoke for bringing him to the forefront of Premier League exposure, here are three reasons why he should leave Stoke behind.
The first reason is that he has the opportunity to advance his career. The Telegraph argues Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Begovic and a move to one of the top clubs not just in the Premier League but in the world will see his stock (and his pay-cheques) rise ten-fold. Though if he were to move to either of these clubs he may not be guaranteed first team football and would have to consider whether he would be happy warming the bench every now and again.
Begovic has recently inherited the #1 shirt for the Bosnian national team and has 18 caps to his name; however Bosnia’s second choice keeper (a year younger than Begovic at 24) will also be looking to stake his claim for the number one jersey, as both their careers advance. A move to a bigger club would surely cement his place in the national side.
At 25, Begovic is a relatively young goalkeeper. Their careers can run for a fair few years longer than normal players, and experience plays a big part in their development. With the top clubs able to afford the world’s best coaches, Begovic would receive the best tutorship money has to offer at somewhere like Manchester United. It could offer him the chance to become a better keeper than he might have ever been at Stoke.