Pat Frost details hilarious West Brom contract exchanges with Sam Johnstone in England camp
Sam Johnstone has been non-committal after former West Brom kit man Pat Frost confessed he has repeatedly badgered him about signing a new contract.
Frost, now working for the England national team, has just spent over a month in close contact with the 28-year-old shot-stopper as the Three Lions progressed to the final of Euro 2020, where they lost on penalties to Italy at Wembley.
After a stellar season for Albion in the Premier League, despite their relegation, Johnstone’s reputation has considerably enhanced, with The Athletic journalist David Ornstein recently reporting that Arsenal had made an approach for his services.
In a video posted on ‘The Sportsman’ Twitter account, Frost is seen being asked for the funniest player in the England camp.
Frost replied: “Sam Johnstone has been quite funny on this trip because every day I’ve been asking him to sign a new deal for Albion.
“He was trying to ignore me at the end of the trip, he had enough.
“[Did you get anywhere with him or not] No, nowhere at all.”
Worth a go, Pat
As a Baggie himself, Frost is obviously desperate for one of our best players to remain at the club and help spearhead a push for promotion after last season’s Premier League heartache.
Unfortunately, Johnstone’s displays in the 2020/21 campaign have inevitably attracted suitors, and we face a fight to hold onto him.
It’s hard to stand in his way if a big Premier League side come in for him, and the uncertainty over his current contract puts the club in a pretty weak position.
If the England international is not sold this summer then he will be able to sign pre-contract terms with foreign clubs in January and leave for nothing when his Albion contract expires in June 2022.
Fresh terms need to be offered to Johnstone, and if he accepts then great – West Brom will probably have the best goalkeeper in the Championship.
However, if he refuses, the club has a big decision to make.
Either they cash in on him and recoup as much money as possible in order to reinvest in the squad, or they hold firm and risk him walking away for nothing, but possibly helping them to promotion.
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