By Beck Pascal

11th Jan, 2022 | 10:10am

Valerien Ismael backs David Button to start in goal for West Brom

West Brom boss Valerien Ismael says that David Button deserves a run in the first team.

The 32-year-old is set to start against QPR and Peterborough with Sam Johnstone carrying out the rest of his three-match suspension. 

Button gets the nod over Alex Palmer after impressing when given the chance to play in Albion’s FA Cup clash with Brighton. 

“It’s a big chance for David to step up because he deserves it,” Ismael told the Express & Star.

“It has not been an easy situation for him but he has dealt with it really well, he is always professional and he has trained well.

“I think when you are a number two in a squad you need to be mentally strong – normally they’re stronger than other players because they need to deal with frustration.

“David did it perfectly so far and now is his chance.

“We have no concerns about that position. We know we have a very good keeper in that position and now it’s David’s time.”

Rare opportunity

Button’s performance against Brighton certainly warranted more consideration for the Baggies number two. 

With that being said he would have never got this chance if it weren’t for Johnstone’s sending off. 

Ismael might be making the most of this opportunity in the press but there is no chance Button goes anywhere near the pitch if Johnstone was available. 

The Albion boss is going for experience over youth and rightly so with Alex Palmer available to play, showing his capabilities with successful loan spells at Plymouth and Lincoln. 

There has been much speculation surrounding Johnstone’s future at West Brom with his contract up in the summer. 

He is expected to leave in the summer when his contract expires which could leave the door ajar for Button.

It will be interesting to see if Button gets a shot for the number one spot when Johnstone departs with Ismael speaking so highly of him recently or if the Baggies will reinvest in a new number one which is much more likely.

In other Albion news, Kevin Phillips: West Brom can still earn automatic promotion to Premier League.