It is understandable that Jones stayed loyal to Butland, who has been capped nine times by England and was among the best goalkeepers in the Championship last season.
In truth, though, the one-time Birmingham City academy graduate has made too many calamitous errors to maintain his place in Stoke’s starting XI and perhaps needs some time out of the limelight.
There was a moment, with scores level, at Swansea in which Wayne Routledge dug out a low drive aimed inside the near-post in a rare attack for the hosts.
It is tempting to conclude that, had this season’s version of Butland been in goal for that shot, the typical scenario would be that it might have squirmed under his arm.
By contrast, Adam Federici got down low to make a smart save and, although he made an unfortunate parry when conceding the opener, he did not let that affect his confidence too much and always looked agile when called upon.
The only time Federici has conceded more than two goals in a game this season was the 3-0 defeat against Leeds – and he was arguably the team’s best player in that one.
While the former Reading stopper is by no means perfect, he may deserve to keep his place; despite the potential financial benefits of Butland rediscovering his form.