Michael O’Neill opens up on the interest that has been expressed in the Stoke City player and describes Potters’ position
Stoke City Director Michael O’Neill found as the Potters have shown interest in clubs goaltender Joe Burisk seeking emergency loan signings since the January window closed.
Bursik started the season on loan with League One Doncaster Rovers where he made a positive impression and managed to record two clean sheets in his ten appearances and averaged two saves per game (Sofascore). He was then recalled early by the Potters after they suffered injuries both at Southampton Loanee Angus Gunn and Adam Davies.
The 20-year-old has stepped up impressively for O’Neill’s side and has managed to record seven clean sheets in 15 league games (Sofascore). This happened before Gunn and Davies returned to physical form and has since seen him move down the pecking order in recent weeks.
Speak to the Stoke Sentinel, O’Neill revealed that the Potters have decided to keep Burisk until the end of the campaign so he can compete with Davies and Gunn for his place on the team. He also admitted that they had expressed interest from other clubs for emergency loans for the keeper.
He said: “Joe was on loan and the plan was for him to stay on loan in League One. This plan changed due to the injury of the two senior goalkeepers. Joe came back and did very well.
“By the time we had three keepers again, the January window had closed, so he didn’t have the option to go out on loan again, except as an emergency loan.
“There have been clubs that have asked for this, but we don’t think they have been adapted.
“I told the goalies I don’t think they should know too much about who’s on the bench. It’s more like a three.
“I felt Adam (Davies) deserved a chance to start because he didn’t have a chance to lose his place through injury. Angus (Gunn) seized the opportunity, then Joe seized the opportunity.
“Joe is a young goalie with a lot to look forward to and a lot ahead of him. He’s part of the England Under-21 squad which is a big boost for him, and he needs to push to make sure he has the opportunity to be number one here. here the end of the season and move on. next season too.
It will have been a difficult time for Bursik, who would have aimed to retain his place in the starting XI after performing very well in the absence of Davies and Gunn. However, it was always going to be tough with O’Neill trusting these two more experienced goalkeepers and with the Potters failing to deliver consistent results as the pair returned to form he was dropped.
Bursik is clearly a keeper with a bright future in the game, and it may well be that if O’Neill still sees him as the third pick in the next term, he might need a loan to secure regular playing time. The 20-year-old has now had a taste of first-team football and will likely be eager to continue getting it next season.
You can understand the Potters don’t want to let him go on an emergency loan these past few weeks, they need a backup if Gunn and Davies’ injuries recur. Although it is also beneficial for the Guardian to continue training with the Potters and learning from Stoke’s two senior Guardians.