By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Jul, 2021 | 3:39pm

Report: West Brom prepared to make David Button first-choice next season

West Brom are unlikely to sign a replacement for goalkeeper Sam Johnstone should he leave this summer, according to Express and Star.

The England international is subject to interest from the Premier League and is on the cusp of an exit.

This would pave the door for David Button to step up in his stead and look to make the number one jersey his own.

Manager Valerien Ismael has also stated that he’s unlikely to stay on at the club.

Speaking to the press after being unveiled as the new Baggies head coach, he said, as quoted by Birmingham Mail, “It’s not a secret that Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira can maybe leave the club. It’s my expectation that they (will) leave.”

Palmer the understudy

While we would like to see a decent goalkeeper replace Johnstone, the chances of that are slim and we would have to settle for Button in goal.

He’s been knocking on the door for first-team minutes and if he manages to be our standout performer and is one of the reasons why we get promoted at the first attempt, then by all means we should stick with him in the 2022/23 campaign.

If not, academy graduate Alex Palmer, who will serve as his understudy, will be more than happy to take over the responsibilities.

What’s likely to put him behind Button in the goalkeeping hierarchy are his lack of Championship experiences.

Button’s got over 150 Championship appearances under his belt which have included loan spells at Brentford and Fulham.

He’s still not made his Albion debut, but we’re expecting that to change next season.

Even if we sign a new keeper, he will play in the cup games and then Palmer could be sent out on loan.

As things stand, Button is expected to start the Championship season in goal unless we manage to hold on to Johnstone.

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