West Bromwich Albion released Sam Johnstone after his contract expired and handed new deals to David Button and Alex Palmer. It was a message from Steve Bruce that the shot-stopping duo would be his first and second choice next season, but the Baggies have been linked with another goalkeeper which may raise uncertainty over Palmer’s future – Nikola Vasilj is reportedly on Albion’s radar.
Palmer is expected to play second fiddle to Button in 2022/23, so Vasilj would likely take the 25-year-old’s spot if signed. Even if Button was ousted as No.1, he’d be pushed into a supporting role and Palmer would be left out of the squad. Carlton Palmer doesn’t believe that will be the case, however, telling Football League World: “This is nothing to do with Alex (Palmer).
“They’ve signed him on a new long-term contract which shows what they feel about him as a goalkeeper and about the future.” Palmer rose through the youth ranks to West Brom’s first-team, making 65 appearances for the U23s and one appearance at senior level. The 25-year-old’s inability to get into the starting eleven led to him being loaned out seven times to get competitive football.
Palmer made 10 appearances for Kidderminster Harriers (2015/16) (2017), one appearance for Oldham Athletic (2018), one appearance for Notts County (2019), 41 appearances for Plymouth Argyle (2019/20), 57 appearances for Lincoln City (2020/21) and two appearances for Luton Town (2022). He’s had plenty of Football League experience and is an academy graduate, so it would be strange for West Brom to oust him for a new face.