West Brom manager, Slaven Bilic, has praised goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone, after he impressed against Fulham on Saturday.
The shot-stopper has been in good form despite having his early critics in the season. The 26-year-old saved a penalty in dramatic fashion at Pride Park and has since pushed on to regain some of his brilliant form that he showed last season.
The Manchester United youth product is now spending his second season at the club after joining permanently from the Red Devils.
He never made an appearance for United, and spent time out on loan at six different clubs in England and has now found a base to push on at.
Bilic praised the keeper, and will be hoping that he can produce more performances at that level.
Speaking to the Express and Star, Bilic said: “He made a couple of good saves (at Fulham).
“That’s why he’s there. I expect him to make those saves. But he is a top goalkeeper. Not only with his feet, but with his blocks and hands.
“I do not hide it – we are happy to have him. He’s very important and a very big part of our team. He’s one of the biggest reasons we’re unbeaten after seven games. It gives you that little bit of extra confidence.”
It’s been a very good start to the season for West Brom, and they’ve remained unbeaten as they look to find a way back to the Premier League.
The goalkeeper has impressed despite taking some stick earlier in the campaign after some long-range efforts found their way past the shot-stopper.
It’s always nice to receive praise, and these comments from Bilic will have probably done Johnstone the world of confidence ahead of the next few fixtures.
Bilic will be hoping his side ends up in the Premier League, but will need Johnstone at the top of his game if they’re to achieve that.