Sam Johnstone discusses future amid Leeds United transfer links
West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has remained coy on his future amid reports linking him with a move to Leeds United.
The Englishman has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 33-man squad for the European Championships that commence next month.
He is expected to be the third-choice goalkeeper for the Three Lions and is likely to be picked over Aaron Ramsdale in the final 26 that compete in the tournament.
The 28-year-old has an interesting summer ahead as after the Euros, he is going to be subject to transfer interest from an array of Premier League clubs.
Leeds United are among the sides that have been linked to the player and could look to captialise on the fact that he is unlikely to settle for a Championship club and may use this season’s performances as a springboard to play in the top flight for the 2021/22 campaign.
Discussing his links to Leeds, he told i news, “I know there has been a lot of talk about my future but it’s in West Brom’s hands rather than mine so I’ll just put it to the back of my head.
“You never know what can happen in football because it’s a crazy world where things can change quickly.
“I’ve still got a year left on my contract at West Brom so, as things stand, I’ll be going back there for pre-season.”
Unlikely he joins us
Johnstone is a solid keeper who is unlikely to settle for a backup role. Unfortunately for him, Jordan Pickford has taken massive strides towards becoming a top goalkeeper and the 21-year-old is expected to be our long-term goalkeeper.
The Frenchman has been accustomed to Bielsa’s style of play and the Argentine has trusted him despite few mistakes at the start of the season.
On quality, one could make the case for Johnstone starting ahead of Pickford, but given how hard Pickford’s worked to get where he is, there’s no way another keeper will take his position for next season.
If the Englishman wants to come and be a number two fighting for the starting role, then he can be our guest. However, the chances of that happening are minimal.
West Brom are also expected to demand £20m for his services, and we would be better off spending those funds elsewhere.
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