West Ham transfers: Irons ready to move for Premier League star, 28 – Verdict
West Ham are expected to step up their interest in West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, according to Football insider.
With the Baggies’ relegation to the championship recently confirmed, the Hammers are now set to tackle the 28-year-old with the aim of bringing him back to east London.
The club are reportedly looking for someone who can provide cover and compete with Lukasz Fabianski next season, and have identified Johnstone as a strong option for the role.
Despite 66 goals scored this season in the league, the 6-foot-4 goaltender has performed well for West Brom. He did 145 stops – 15 more than any other top ball pitcher – and recorded a save percentage of 70.7%.
His consistent displays led him to receive his first international call in March, although he didn’t have any playing time for the Three Lions.
Still, he made himself proud in his debut Premier League campaign, and he could play among the top-flight again next year, but this time at West Ham.
So would Johnstone be a good signing for West Ham?
Sam Brookes, Jonathan Gorrie, Joshua Cole and Christy Malyan from GIVEMESPORT give their point of view below …
* All stats are correct prior to this weekend’s matches
“Johnstone will only get better.
“It’s easy to forget that he hadn’t played in the Premier League before this season, but he looked at home straight away. Imagine what he could do with more accomplished defenders ahead of him.
“Comparing his save percentage with that of Fabianski, Johnstone has the advantage (70.7% to 68.5%). Some may say that there is only a 2.2% difference between the pair. Is it really remarkable?
“That’s taking into account the quality of the margins at the top of the range. West Ham could end up missing the top four by a point or two at the end of the season. That would show they are on the verge of a break. ‘reach the promised land of the Champions League, but it’s enough to make a few small adjustments before their next campaign.
“Having Johnstone as Number 1 instead of Fabianski would be a big step in the right direction, as it would show that they are looking at the small details and acting on it. These are the types of signings that could make all the difference. West Ham for a top four spot next year. “
“To say that West Ham couldn’t do with another goalkeeper would be foolish. Indeed, the options apart from Lukasz Fabianski don’t seem really convincing.
“Still, if this season has taught us anything, the supporting cast in the outfield options of David Moyes are the ones that have let the team down.
Just imagine where they would be now if Declan Rice and Michail Antonio were available for more of the season. Although the campaign was successful regardless, Moyes must beg GSB to provide his team with more attackers, a replacement for Rice and possibly a center-back as well.
“With all due respect to Johnstone, he won’t make a difference next season.”
“While Johnstone has been one of the only shining lights for West Brom in what has otherwise been a season to forget in the Premier League, it could be argued that it would be a mistake for West Ham if they signed him.
“Although Fabianski made a few mistakes this season, he has proven over the years that he is more than capable of thriving at this level and so it was hardly a shock when he signed a new deal with the club in March.
“Having played 277 games in this division the shooter knows exactly what it takes to take on some of the best players in the world and so Johnstone may find it difficult to usurp him if he joins West Ham.
Instead of wasting funds on the Baggies goalie, West Ham should instead use the money at their disposal to add much-needed competition to Michail Antonio as it could take them to new heights under Moyes’ leadership. . “
“Sometimes there is a danger in signing goalkeepers who have looked exceptional in relegation battles, simply because they have so many opportunities to make saves. It’s a whole different game closer to the top. of the table, where to maintain focus to win much less but just look at Simon Mignolet and Jordan Pickford as examples of goalkeepers who thrived in survival deals but fought for bigger clubs.
“That being said, David Moyes will never leave his goalkeeper overexposed and in that sense West Ham is the right club level for Sam Johnstone to test himself next. At the same time, Lukasz Fabianski is not getting any younger or younger with his sound. percentage of savings over the last two seasons being worse than the previous two campaigns, it’s clear the Irons need to think about a change now before the 36-year-old really starts to catch up with him.
“From Vladimir Coufal to Tomas Soucek, West Ham has made a number of smart acquisitions in recent windows and with Johnstone at the top of the table. save graphics That term, this accord has all the qualities of another shrewd signing from Moyes. “