Sam Johnstone recently spoke out about his future at West Bromwich Albion, admitting that he wants to be back in the Premier League. The 28-year-old was linked with a move to West Ham United and Arsenal last summer but ended up staying at the Hawthorns for the final year of his contract.
Johnstone has no intention of signing a new deal at West Brom and the Baggies have no intention of selling him in the January transfer window, so it’s expected that he’ll leave on a free transfer in the coming months.
West Brom are six points adrift of the automatic promotion places this season but Johnstone wants to play top-flight football in 2022/23 regardless, telling the Express and Star: “I want to be back playing in the Premier League.
“There was a lot of talk in the summer. It (a transfer) just didn’t happen. I see the speculation and there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s out of my control. (At West Brom), we are focused on doing our best to get promoted. That is the only aim.” Fans on social media would rather Johnstone be sold if he won’t commit, however.
Ronald Pratt: “Sam Johnstone can’t think much of the club or he would sign. Albion should stick with goalkeepers who want to stay.”
Paul Richards: “Just sell… He doesn’t want to stay, so get the cash now.”
Terry Bryan: “Get rid and get some money.”
Bry Webber: “Take a mil and be gone with him.”
Lance Garbett: “He should go.”
Jason Hughes: “Baggies have no choice but to sell.”
Luke Fidoe-Fellows: “Sell him. Get the money before he walks.”
Dave Eddy: “He ain’t going to sign a new contract. Sell him now rather than loose a few million.”
Leighton Fletcher: “Sell now for the dollar.”
Johnstone has made 24 Championship appearances this season, conceding 17 goals with 11 clean sheets. The 28-year-old’s form has wavered of late, but he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the league based on statistics.
West Brom turned down £10m for Johnstone last year but look set to lose him for nothing this summer. If the Baggies get promotion, it will be seen as a good gamble. If they don’t, fans will question why they didn’t cash in when Johnstone didn’t commit.