By Rob Jarvis

16th Apr, 2022 | 12:10pm

Kevin Phillips shares if West Brom will sign new goalkeeper when Sam Johnstone leaves in summer

We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…

Kevin Phillips expects West Brom to use their money elsewhere rather than signing a new goalkeeper in the summer to replace Sam Johnstone.

The ex-Baggies talisman admitted that a “top-class” statement signing could be made, but expects there to be enough already at the club.

Johnstone missed out on the matchday squad against Blackpool, with David Button starting and Alex Palmer in reserve on the bench.

“I think there is enough there,” he exclusively told West Brom News.

“There’s a statement to be made there, one top keeper goes out and you replace him with another one. It’s just whether you want to use the funds to strengthen in other areas, which I think, whoever in charge will probably do that.

“I’m sure they would look at another keeper to bring in if one fell in their lap, but I don’t think it will be a priority to get one immediately.”

Johnstone may have been top class at times throughout his West Brom career, but he has certainly let himself down at times this season.

It is now time to move on, and with Button, Palmer and Josh Griffiths at the club, there is a good blend of experience and real promise.

Splashing cash on another “top class” keeper looks unnecessary, especially when it could be used elsewhere as Phillips mentions.

We expect Steve Bruce, or whoever is in charge to concentrate on his defence and midfield, with the real depth needed there.

In other West Brom news, Steve Bruce has held talks over new Baggies signing since arriving with a work permit update shared

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