West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone has finally worked his way back into the Premier League and will face his former side Manchester United on Saturday.
The stopper found his way to the Baggies with a stop at Aston Villa in-between, and he has recently opened up on his rise to the top.
Johnstone labelled Red Devils mainstay David De Gea as a mentor in his early career, and he will finally get the chance to outshine him tomorrow at Old Trafford.
The Baggies keeper claimed he still stays in contact with the Spaniard and has learnt a lot of what he knows now from watching him all those years ago.
“We still keep in contact now,” he said via the Manchester Evening News.
“Just watching him every day. In the gym, just around the place, training. Before games, when we travelled, he was very relaxed and confident in his own ability, and obviously very good.
“In warm-ups, watching him, you can’t get much better from that. I was learning from him every single day. He’s a good person.”
Johnstone and De Gea could both be described in the same way – great keepers with the occasional mistakes that often get heavily criticised.
The Baggies mainstay has been superb this season but did face negative reactions when his indecisiveness allowed Harry Kane to grab the winner for Spurs.
Johnstone has a better WhoScored match average rating compared to De Gea, but the Spaniard does have a much better-passing success rate – nearly 20% more.
The 27-year-old will most likely be the busier of the two at Old Trafford, and this will be the perfect chance to outshine his former mentor.
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