West Brom Super Fans react to reported Sam Johnstone price-tag
This is part of a regular series from our panel of West Brom Super Fans. Each week, Super Fans from our West Brom News Facebook page will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around The Hawthorns.
According to The Athletic, West Brom are willing to sanction the sale of 28-year-old goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for around £12million this summer.
That has led to widespread debate amongst West Brom fans about whether the England international has been undervalued.
Johnstone’s Albion contract expires in June 2020, meaning that he can speak to foreign clubs in January 2022, and leave as a free agent to any side at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
The Athletic’s Steve Madeley wrote on Thursday [22/07/21]: “The club set a tentative asking price of £20 million at the end of last season but it is understood they would now entertain offers of around £12 million, given Johnstone’s contractual position.”
We asked our panel of West Brom Super Fans whether the £12million asking price was a fair fee.
Some fans have begrudgingly accepted that his contractual status means the club have no option but to accept a reduced fee, but there was a healthy section of supporters who questioned why a higher price is not being demanded.
Here’s what they had to say…
It’s a tough situation – Albion find themselves between a rock and a hard place.
Of course, there can be question marks over how the club have allowed themselves to get to this scenario – perhaps an ultimatum should have been delivered last year – but this is the reality now, and there is no point in crowing about the past.
With a solid selection of goalkeepers at the club including David Button, Alex Palmer and Josh Griffiths, Albion can probably afford to accept a reduced fee for Johnstone without acute embarrassment.
We’d obviously like him to stay at The Hawthorns, but he’s now an England international and will likely feel he deserves to be playing regular Premier League football.
£12million could go a long way in the Championship if it is reinvested into the squad and spent sensibly, with a striker surely top of the club’s priorities this summer.
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