By Danny Wright

6th Jan, 2022 | 7:08am

Sam Johnstone may have played last game for West Brom amid Southampton hunt

Sam Johnstone may never play for West Brom again due to his red card on Sunday and the fact he may be sold this month, according to The Mirror.

The newspaper have reported via their print edition [6 January, page 55] that Johnstone, 28, picked up a three-match ban after a red card against Cardiff on Sunday and is wanted by Southampton and West Ham.

The England goalkeeper’s contract at The Hawthorns expires in the summer so this January transfer window is the final chance for the Albion to get a fee for him.

What a shame

Johnstone will be banned for Albion’s next three matches after a post-match scuffle with Cardiff players, meaning that he won’t be available selection until we play Preston on 26 January.

It means that Johnstone may still play for the club this month and hopefully sign off on better terms than getting sent off. But, either way, it probably would make sense to sell him.

Having a top-class goalkeeper like Johnstone, who was dubbed “unbelievable” by Gary Lineker last season, in the Championship doesn’t matter too much for a West Brom side that does not concede too many opportunities.

Albion have the joint-best defensive record in the Championship along with Fulham, conceding just 19 goals in 25 games. Fulham have played two fewer matches.

Seventeen of those goals have been scored past Johnstone but the limited chances mainly comes down to the style of play, the fact we have a back-three and because players like Cedric Kipre and Kyle Bartley have done well this term.

Is Johnstone replaceable? Yes, he is. Is David Button good enough to step in? He probably is, yes. Alex Palmer is also on the books at The Hawthorns.

West Brom won’t get much for Johnstone if they sell him this month but something is better than nothing for a club that loves to skrimp and save.

In other West Brom news, an ex-FIFA official expects a major update on the incident after the draw against Cardiff.

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