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Unacceptable, farcical signings contributed to Stoke’s fall says Butland.
Goalkeeper Jack Butland has hit out at Stoke City’s recruitment policy, believing their work is fluke in the transfer market and it contributed to the side’s relegation after they let a lead slip at home to Crystal Palace, losing 2-1 to extend their winless Premier League run to 13 matches.
“I think the whole recruitment process needs looking at, to be honest,” said England international Butland.
“Too many of the recent investments have been completely unused and that’s unacceptable. That’s got to be looked at, because it’s been farcical.
“We’ve gone into a game and over the last few months with half the squad dotted around the world, not even involved.”
Butland is expected to go to the World Cup with England and was heavily linked with Champions League finalists Liverpool even before Stoke’s demotion.