With news that West Bromwich Albion has registered a firm interest in former Aston Villa loanee goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, it was confirmed yesterday that the stopper had made a permanent switch to us from Manchester United.
We signed the 25-year-old for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £5million and he’s signed a four-year deal at The Hawthorns as we moved quick to effectively replace Ben Foster after he seemingly threw his toys out of the pram as Watford registered an interest.
With him being at Villa Park recently, their ongoing financial issues have seen plenty go into meltdown with our capture of him and that should tell us all we need to know about his ability between the sticks even if, given his age, he can still show significant improvement.
In fairness, some of the comments from Villa fans have been very gracious about him as well, so a credit to them and I guess he’ll get a warm reception from them next season.
All in it’s a great signing as far as I’m concerned and with him being head coach Darren Moore’s first capture, I don’t believe he could’ve made a better one in terms of quality and sending a statement about how he wants to rebuild the group moving forward.
☑️ New GK
☑️ New GK kit
☑️ New GK in new GK kit
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) July 3, 2018
Right here. Good keeper. Best of luck to him.
— Darren Andrews (@dazthevillan) July 3, 2018
Great Signing????All the best Sam, looking forward to seeing you in goal. Albion's new No1???? Welcome to the ALBION FAMILY Sam
— Steve WBA (@stevewba26) July 3, 2018
Welcome to the Albion sam ????
— Damien Conway (@DamoWBA) July 3, 2018
A proper statement of intent by the club. Thanks!
— Conrad Chircop (@conradchircop) July 3, 2018
Fantastic piece of business from recruitment ????
— Rob Paddock (@RobPaddockWBA) July 3, 2018
— Bal (@BalWBA35) July 3, 2018
Great signing..solid keeper!! Keep him well…
— Karan Khanna (@mrkhannaa) July 3, 2018
Fantastic signing ????
— Butch Coolidge (@ButchCoolidge99) July 3, 2018