West Brom are not in the market to sign a new goalkeeper and won’t be bringing Ben Foster back to the club, reliable journalist Joseph Masi has confirmed.
The Lowdown: Johnstone moves on
The Baggies are looking for a much improved Championship campaign in 2022/23, following the disappointment of last term’s failure to reach the playoffs.
Steve Bruce will have to mastermind his side’s return to the Premier League without key player Sam Johnstone, however, with the Englishman securing a summer move to Crystal Palace.
While another goalkeeper is, therefore, considered a priority by some, it doesn’t appear as though reinforcements will come in.
The Latest: Masi drops key claim
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Masi claimed that a reunion with veteran former West Brom stopper Foster won’t materialise, or any new signing between the sticks for that matter:
“An injury to Button or Palmer could change things but my understanding is Albion are not in the market for another keeper and that includes Ben Foster.”
The Verdict: Risky by Baggies?
Should this turn out to be true, it certainly represents a risky tactic by the Baggies, considering how superior Johnstone arguably was to his fellow ‘keepers at the Hawthorns. His form saw him called up to the England squad and he made 167 appearances for the club in total.
Will West Brom gain promotion next season?
It looks as though David Button is going to be trusted as West Brom’s first-choice ‘keeper moving forward, having started ten league games last season, with Alex Palmer as his deputy.
Admittedly, Johnstone’s form wasn’t always the best in his final season but he is still going to leave a void – whether choosing not to sign a replacement pays off will only be fully clear next May.
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