View: West Brom mainstay has silenced the doubters since Premier League return

West Brom kept their first clean sheet of the Premier League season against Burnley on Monday evening at the Hawthorns.

There were few chances for either side, but Sam Johnstone did make a couple of good saves to keep the scores goalless.

The Baggies doubled their points tally in the top-flight and will be looking for their first win against either Brighton or Fulham next time out.

Sam Johnstone has been one of the standout performers so far for West Brom this season in the Premier League.

The Baggies stopper has been doubted for many years since joining, all because of a number of small mistakes in the Championship.

The 27-year-old has already faced 37 shots this season according to WyScout and has only conceded in 13 goals – lower than his expected tally.

Looking at his performance against Burnley, he was expected to concede 1.95 goals, so to keep his first clean sheet of the season is his rewards for strong performances in the face of adversity recently.

Only Ederson of Manchester City has kept more clean sheets than Johnstone in the top-two flights of English football since the beginning of the 2017/18 season.

The arrival of David Button from Brighton has seen the competition rise at the Hawthorns, but that has only seen Johnstone improve even more.

Bilic will be delighted to have such a solid base in his squad, and Johnstone has certainly silenced those doubters already this season.

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