By Pranav Shahaney

12th Sep, 2021 | 3:10pm

Sam Johnstone to wait on West Brom extension talks

Sam Johnstone has reportedly opted to wait on extension talks at West Brom in a bid to focus on their promotion to the Premier League.

According to The Sun, the Baggies want to tie him down to a new deal, but he is waiting to commit to it as of now.

He intends on playing in the Premier League and had a number of suitors from the top flight this summer, but none were willing to meet the Baggies’ asking rate.

This comes after Valerien Ismael recently stated that all parties were talking and there was a good feeling surrounding the nature of the talks.

Towards the end of August, he said, via the Birmingham Mail, “I don’t think we can get a result quickly, but at least all the parties are talking.

“We have a good feeling, but we need to be patient on that.”

Not going too well

If three weeks after the talks, Johnstone has suddenly decided to pull the plug, then certainly everything’s not hunky-dory behind the scenes at the Hawthorns.

After a failed move away from the club in the summer, we had every reason to believe that Johnstone would now get his head down and commit to the club, but that is not the case.

He clearly has Premier League aspirations and is well within his rights to run down his deal and force a move away from the club should West Brom fail to secure promotion.

Alternatively, he could sign a new deal, get a higher salary and have a release clause in his contract that could be triggered without the club being able to intervene.

Hopefully, this does not affect his performances as he’s one of their key players and in many ways, their backbone for the rest of the season.

Ismael has a tough job on his hands if one of his key players is not willing to commit to the cause, and his man management skills will now be put to the test.

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