West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has rejoined his team-mates for pre-season training.
The club’s official Twitter account posted a video of Johnstone giving a thumbs-up with the caption ‘look who’s back’.
Johnstone was a late returnee after his involvement in England’s European Championship squad. Gareth Southgate’s made it all the way to the final, with Johnstone on standby if no. 1 Jordan Pickford was unavailable.
He made 166 saves for the relegated Baggies last season, more than anybody else in the Premier League. He was a full 19 clear of his nearest challenger – Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale.
Johnstone also ‘prevented’ 4.3 goals over the course of the campaign, based on post-shot xG. That placed him in the division’s top 10 (via FBRef).
Johnstone’s West Brom future uncertain
The 28-year-old has now entered the final year of his contract at The Hawthorns.
West Brom are said to have reduced their price-tag to £12million having initially asked for £20million.
West Ham United unsuccessfully made a bid, and have now signed Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain.
West Brom fans flock to Johnstone video
“Admin you can’t do this to us if he’s leaving. That’s just cruel stuff that.”
“Hopefully to stay where you’re loved and appreciated Sammy J”
“Not for long tho”
“Admin if he leaves after this tweet I’ll never forgive you”
“Announce new contract”
In other news, the Baggies are eyeing up this move.
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