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…
Tottenham are reportedly eyeing West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
The 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and yet to sign a new deal with the Baggies, with Football Insider claiming Spurs have set their signs on signing him.
But would that be a good signing? And do they need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers for their thoughts…
If Pierluigi Gollini signs permanently for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer then, outside of the increase in wages, Sam Johnstone is probably better advised not to join Spurs. He would be a good addition for the North Londoners with Hugo Lloris aging now but in terms of regular game time there would be a lot of uncertainty.
The 28-year-old took a lot of credit in a desperately poor West Bromwich Albion side last term however a lot of shot-stoppers receive plaudits when they play for a team that concede a lot of shots.
At 34, Lloris still has a few years left in him and so if Gollini stays beyond the end of this season this deal does not make much sense to me.
Johnstone is an improving keeper and being the no. 1 should be a prerequisite to any move he considers.
This is a strange one to me, but I still do see some logic to it.
Despite a couple of errors in recent games, Sam Johnstone is an excellent Championship goalkeeper, who should perhaps still be operating in the higher division.
However, if he was to move to Tottenham, then I cannot see him playing much football, and even if Hugo Lloris was out of the picture, I would be surprised if they did not move for another shot-stopper.
Johnstone is a goalkeeper who is comfortable in possession and has impressive reflexes, but does have an error in him, and he did make the move to Spurs, then there will be pressure from the very off, just because he is a Championship goalkeeper.
I think there are more suitable options out there for Spurs, but I would not rule it out. It will also be no surprise to see Johnstone make a Premier League move soon.
Have West Brom ever been involved in these 18 scenarios?
This does seem as though it could be a very good signing for Tottenham if they get it done.
Johnstone showed last season that he is more than capable of playing in the Premier League, and you feel he would be a more than reliable option for Nuno’s side.
Indeed, with Hugo Lloris out of contract at Spurs next summer, and the Frenchman recently revealing the club have yet to hold talks with him about a new deal, it could be the case that the North London club find themselves in need of a new number one in the not too distant future.
At 28-years-old, Johnstone is a player who could fill that role for some time to come, and with his West Brom contract expiring at the end of this season, getting him on a free at that point would be an absolute bargain for Spurs.
This therefore, looks to be one that is well worth pursuing for Daniel Levy and co.