By Jack Cunningham

29th Nov, 2021 | 11:19am

Journalist suggests when Sam Johnstone will make West Brom exit

Tom Barclay has suggested that Sam Johnstone will leave West Brom next summer rather than in January.

Speaking exclusively to Give Me Sport, the Sun journalist shared his thoughts on the 28-year-old’s future at the Hawthorns.

The England international’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning that he can leave for free, or the Baggies could sell him in January for a fee.

However, Barclay can’t see that happening, and he believes more clubs will be interested in Johnstone in the summer because he will be available on a free transfer.

He said: “Why would he make the move then and forego the chance to have a higher wage? And he will be on a free transfer where more teams will be interested.”

Bad and good news for the Baggies.

If Barclay’s prediction proves to be correct, the Baggies will get a full season with an England international in goal.

He is good at sweeping up from the back and is a superb shot-stopper, so he really is their best goalkeeper by a long way, and if he stays, you wouldn’t think the Baggies will concede that many goals.

However, if they were to sell him, they could raise some money for Valerien Ismael to strengthen his squad elsewhere, which needs to happen.

Of course, that would then leave the Baggies with David Button as their goalkeeper, but he is experienced and could be good enough to see them through to the end of the campaign.

So, there are positives and negatives, no matter what decision the Baggies make, but you would think that a summer departure is more likely, which might cost Ismael the chance to add to his squad.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies have been urged to go out and sign Daryl Dike in January.

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