This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
West Brom are going to face a nervous wait this summer to see if they can keep hold of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone as interest in him has emerged since their relegation.
The Athletic report that the latest club to show an interest in the goalkeeper this summer is Premeir League side Wolves. It is believed that they are eyeing up a move for him and to offer him the chance to make a return to the top-flight.
The report adds that Wolves are weighing up whether to make a move for Johnstone as a potential replacement for current number one Rui Patricio who could depart the club during the transfer window.
Previous reports have outlined that the Baggies would be wanting to receive around £20 million for the keeper who is currently part of England’s squad for the European championships.
With Wolves interested in Johnstone now, we asked our FLW writers whether they feel it would bea good signing for the Premier League and also whether they think he will leave the Hawthorns…
You couldn’t blame him if he wanted to pursue a move to a Premier League side.
Johnstone was one of the few West Brom players to come any with credit to their name last season, even though they were relegated back into the Championship after just one season in the top-flight.
He’s been capped at senior level for England, and is 28-years-old, so he’ll certainly feel as though he’s got his best years ahead of him moving forwards.
If Wolves can offer him regular game time, then you would imagine that a move to them would be a tempting proposition.
They’re a team that are well established in the Premier League, and it’d be a step up from where he’s currently playing his football.
West Brom will surely know that Johnstone is destined for bigger and better things in the future.
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Johnstone is a good enough goalkeeper to be playing in the Premier League and it would not surprise me at all to see him take the step back up to the top flight this summer.
Obviously, the whole Wolves-West Brom rivalry is a bit of a sticking point but Baggies fans will feel as though Johnstone is good enough to be playing in the Premier League and they won’t begrudge him a switch to the top flight.
I think if Wolves are looking for a new goalkeeper, Johnstone is one of the better options available to them, certainly.
This could be an inspired bit of business for Wolves.
It seems as though Rui Patricio, who has proven a fantastic servant to the club since his arrival, could be off to Roma and replacing him with Sam Johnstone would be a really shrewd move.
I’m not convinced there is a huge difference in quality between the two keepers but Johnstone was certainly the more impressive last term.
He’s five years younger than Patricio as well, so could be a long term option, and will surely be desperate to move back to the Premier League.
On top of that, moving from West Brom to Wolves is unlikely to mean he has to uproot his life or family to go elsewhere, which should help him settle.