Valerien Ismael admits Alex Palmer could leave in January
Valerien Ismael admits goalkeeper Alex Palmer could leave West Brom in January after he was linked with a loan move away.
Palmer, 25, is set to serve as the understudy to David Button over the next two games for the Baggies with first-choice goalkeeper Sam Johnstone suspended following his red card against Derby.
But there have been some talks that Palmer could leave the club on loan in January [The Athletic], with the club keen to get him some regular football to aid his development.
While speaking to the Express and Star, Ismael admitted that there are ‘lots of scenarios’ that are possible and the club will assess the situation and decide what is best for them.
“There are lots of scenarios. It’s one possibility to keep Alex because now he will be on the bench,” Ismael said.
“And you never know after that but now it’s clear that if all the keepers are in we have to assess the situation and what makes more sense for us.
“Because we have very good keepers for the short term and especially for the long-term.”
The decision that West Brom eventually make in their goalkeeper department is likely to have some bearing on their decision for next season and beyond.
Johnstone is almost certain to leave the club in the summer at the end of his contract [The Athletic] and Button is also into the final six months of his deal at the Hawthorns.
If he is to impress, there is every chance that Ismael sticks with Button next season as his number one which would allow Palmer the chance to move up to number two if necessary.
Regular minutes for the second half of this season are only likely to help him in that regard, to show what he can do with a regular run in the team and allow him to put pressure on the number one shirt.
If he sticks around, it’s to be expected that the club aren’t so keen on him moving into that role and they’ll likely look to make a signing in the summer.
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