Manchester United’s Sam Johnstone has told close friends that he’ll be joining West Bromwich Albion, according to the Express and Star, per the Daily Express.
Apparently, a £4million fee has been agreed for the 24-year-old shot-stopper, with United set to activate a release clause in his current loan contract, with Johnstone spending the first-half of the 2017/18 season at Aston Villa.
I like Johnstone and I think he’s a great goalkeeper in his own right. His problem comes that he has three brilliantly talented goalies in front of him, and at any other Premier League club, he’d probably be their best backup option.
Outside of a cup game here or there, Johnstone has found first-team opportunities extremely limited, and it definitely makes sense to sell him if £4million is on the table. His stock has risen greatly while playing for Villa, as he’s picked up an impressive ten clean sheets in 25 games so far, which has clearly led to teams taking a closer look at the Englishman.
I hope that whoever eventually signs him gives Johnstone a real run in the side to show just how capable of a goalkeeper he is, because I still believe he has the talent to play Premier League football week-in-week-out.