By Joe Ellis

20th Jan, 2022 | 2:10pm

Button glad for second chance at West Brom with Johnstone absence

West Brom have been forced to call upon second-choice goalkeeper David Button in recent games after first-choice Sam Johnstone was sent off against Cardiff.

The 32-year-old has spent the vast majority of Valerien Ismael’s reign at the Hawthorns on the bench with Johnstone the clear number one in the eyes of the Frenchman.

Button, however, is perhaps the best number two in the entire Championship and that has come in handy recently.

“It’s lovely to be back out there and showing people what I can do,” said Button, as quoted by the Express and Star.

“It can be difficult being a number two. Your chances to play are limited but you just have to take your opportunity when it comes.

“But I love it here. Day-to-day the lads are great, the staff are great. I’m really happy, so to finally be out on the pitch and playing is a real bonus.”

Button one of the best

He may be only the number two at the Hawthorns, but Button is still one of the very best goalkeepers in the league.

There are a lot of second division clubs that would love to have the 32-year-old, whose contract expires in the summer, between their sticks over their current shot-stopper.

That is a serious string to the Baggies’ bow that not many if any, other Championship side has to offer.

Ismael needs to keep Button involved to not only give him the playing time he warrants but also keep Johnstone firmly on his toes and bring the best out of the England international.

It is, at least, a relief for West Brom that they don’t need to hit the panic button if either ‘keeper gets injured as there is a more than adequate replacement ready.

In other West Brom news, Ismael has shared what Daryl Dike said to him the moment he signed for the club.