Garth Crooks has inexplicably omitted Sam Johnstone from his team of the week despite the West Brom keeper’s heroics at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Johnstone made several top-class saves in his side’s loss 1-0 against Manchester United including an excellent stop to deny Bruno Fernandes’ first attempt at a penalty.
To rub salt into the wounds Crooks named United goalkeeper David de Gea in his team of the week ahead of the Albion stopper.
Weirdly, if you take a look at Crook’s reasons for selecting de Gea you will see only one mention of the United goalkeeper amid various rants and raves from Crooks about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selection.
De Gea made one save from Conor Gallagher. It was a good one there’s no doubt about that but the efforts of Johnstone were far superior.
Albion’s number one made a vital first-half stop to deny Anthony Martial as the Frenchman looked certain to score but a strong arm and incredible positioning gave Johnstone the chance to beat away his effort.
According to Wyscout, Johnstone faced seven shots on target from Man United and the one that beat him was from the penalty spot.
Let’s not forget that before that penalty Johnstone had already saved the original spot-kick before David Coote allowed the Red Devils to have a second crack at it.
So it was just the six saves that Johnstone made to keep his side in the game against a superior opponent in comparison to de Gea’s one.
There is always a suggestion that pundits treat players from big clubs better and talk them up ahead of the achievements of players from smaller clubs.
But this decision from Crooks is nothing short of ignorance and we hope for his sake that he didn’t actually watch Saturday’s game between West Brom and Man United.
If he did and he genuinely believes de Gea deserves a place in the team of the week ahead of Johnstone then you have to question his decision making and even his understanding of football after making such an awful claim.
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