West Brom have had their struggles with goalkeepers over the course of the campaign – but finally, boss Steve Bruce could have settled on who is taking them forward as shot-stopper.
As reported by Birmingham Live, the Baggies are close to agreeing a deal with David Button that would keep him on at the club. That suggests that he is still held in high regard by Bruce and could play a part in their future plans going forward.
The main number one at the Hawthorns has been Sam Johnstone for the last four seasons and he has slowly established himself as one of the best in his position in the Championship.
He also impressed in the Premier League and it led to the former Man United man even being brought into the England national team fold.
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However, this year it has been tumultuous inbetween the sticks for West Brom. Johnstone had a decent enough start to the season whilst the rest of his teammates faltered and then he too began to lose form.
With his deal set to expire, it looked like he could be off in the summer window and after a bust-up with previous manager Valerien Ismael he was left out of the team entirely. Steve Bruce brought him back but he has since been unceremoniously dropped again.
Instead, it has been David Button who has stepped into the breach and filled in. He’s played more games this season than he has managed in the last four seasons, with eight league appearances and 12 goals conceded. He is set to be rewarded now with fresh terms, with Bruce telling Birmingham Live that it is ‘positive on all fronts.’
The manager said of his contract situation: “I think we’re close. Until we officially say it, it’s not done, but I think it’s positive on all fronts.”
David Button might not be a first-team calibre player – at least not from what many have seen yet – but he has stepped in when needed and filled in as well as he can and you’d have to tip your hat to him for that.
It’s been a wholly bad situation at the Hawthorns this season and hasn’t gone the way anyone would have liked. Some of their better players have underperformed and there will likely be an exodus of a few players this offseason, with Sam Johnstone one of the names on that list.
Baggies fans might be glad to see the back of the former Man United man now though. He has proven he can be really good at second tier level and has even impressed in the Premier League. However, his form has dipped and fans have turned on him slightly because of his arguments off the field.
Button then might at least be their main option for the time being – and whether he is the main man or not, it looks like his future is with the Baggies.