By Nick Ware

10th Oct, 2021 | 7:30pm

Lee Dixon lauds Sam Johnstone after West Brom goalkeeper's 'brilliant' England assist

Lee Dixon sang the praises of Sam Johnstone on Saturday night after the West Brom goalkeeper’s England assist against Andorra.

Johnstone, 28, made his third appearance for the senior side and he kept a clean sheet in a routine 5-0 victory.

However, it was his assist for Jack Grealish’s goal in the second half that really caught the eye.

Ex-Arsenal and England defender Dixon was on commentary duties for ITV, and he was suitably impressed by the Albion shot-stopper’s playmaking abilities.

“It was a brilliant throw,” Dixon said.

“Watch him, he sees it straight away. It was a really good throw, right in his path.”

Bumping up the price…

Opinion has been split in the past, but it’s fair to suggest that the majority of Albion supporters would prefer to keep Johnstone beyond the conclusion of the January transfer window, in order to aid the club’s promotion push for the Premier League.

His contract expires in the summer, and that has alerted a number of Premier League clubs, including Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Johnstone’s performances for England will surely pique their interest further, especially now that he is initiating counter-attacks from his own penalty area.

However, it could also have the effect of adding more money to his value, and thus scare off potential suitors, at least until the summer where he may be available for nothing.

 In other West Brom news, an ESPN journalist lashed out this week over calls for this ‘horrendous’ player to be dropped.

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