Ten Hag explains Butland signing

Talking to reporters yesterday afternoon, the boss told of a time at Ajax where three of his first team shot-stoppers were out, and hopes such a thing can now be avoided with the signing of the 29-year-old.

Remko Pasveer, Jay Gorter and Maarten Stekelenburg were all unavailable for the Dutch club in February of 2022, as Ten Hag recalled: ”Last year I had a situation with Ajax, we had three goalies injured. 

”And you don’t want to [get] in a situation where you have to, at the end of the season [when you are] hopefully playing for trophies, put in a young keeper. 

”You can’t expect it from the young goalkeeper but you also kill your season so  that’s what you have to be prepared for.”


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