Former Aston Villa player Gabriel Agbonlahor has messaged West Brom star Sam Johnstone on Twitter to say that he misses the goalkeeper.

Johnstone, 27, spent a season and a half on loan at Villa Park from Manchester United before the Baggies signed the ex-England Under-21 goalkeeper permanently in July 2018.

He made 70 appearances during his spell in Birmingham but has since become the first-choice goalkeeper at The Hawthorns for Albion.

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Johnstone is now on the verge of his 100th appearance for West Brom after playing 99 consecutive league matches since his move to the Black Country just over two years ago.

West Brom’s official Twitter account confirmed that the goalkeeper will become a Baggies centenarian on Monday if he starts in goals against Brighton at the AMEX and when retweeted by the player, ex-Villa man Agbonlahor replied.

Writing via his personal Twitter account, Agbonlahor said: “Miss you, Sam.”

Johnstone has been criticised quite often by West Brom fans during his spell at The Hawthorns but we often feel the criticism can be very harsh and over the top.

There are a range of reasons why Johnstone is treated harshly. One of them could be that he simply isn’t as good as Ben Foster, a modern-day Baggies legend, while another reason could be that he played at Aston Villa before joining Albion.

While Johnstone does have his weaknesses – dealing with aerial balls from out wide being one of them – there’s no denying that he’s a top shot-stopper and he’s proven that in the opening weeks of the new Premier League season.

Even though West Brom have conceded a joint-high of 13 goals in five league games, stats by WhoScored show that only Newcastle’s Karl Darlow [27] has saved more shots than Johnstone [23].

It’s also worth noting that no goalkeeper has saved more shots from inside the six-yard box [4] than the ex-Man United man.

No wonder Gabby misses him.

In other West Brom news, lawyers are trying to push through this Albion player’s transfer.

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