By Daniel Feliciano

6th Jun, 2022 | 3:28pm

Carlton Palmer backs West Brom ace Sam Johnstone move to Crystal Palace

Carlton Palmer believes Sam Johnstone’s reported move from West Brom to Crystal Palace makes ‘absolute sense’ with the World Cup coming up.

The Baggies already announced that the England international will leave the club once his contract expires at the end of the month, after four years at The Hawthorns.

But while speaking to Football League World on June 5th, Palmer gave some of the potential reasons for him making the move to south London after reports that he is in advanced talks with the Eagles [The Athletic, May 27].

“There’s been a lot of interest from the likes of Spurs and what have you,” he said.

“But with the World Cup coming up and at the age he is, you can’t go to a club now and sit on the bench.

“You’ve got to go to a club and be the number one, so Crystal Palace have had a fantastic season under Patrick Vieira. He will go there it will be the number one keeper there.

“Yeah, it makes it makes absolute sense.”

Deserved

Johnstone has been a key man for the club since his arrival and despite relegation and a failure to get back into the Premier League during his time, he’s been one of the better performers.

So much so, that he earned himself a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad even when playing in the second tier but another season would have been detrimental.

Now a move back to the top flight will further boost his chances of being in the England squad for the World Cup later this year, and it’s a move he had to make for his own sake.

The Baggies needed to trim the squad’s wage budget and look to rebuild this summer so an exit would’ve been expected even if he wasn’t out of contract and Palace are looking to strengthen after a great season.

It’s a deal that works for all parties and while it’s a shame to lose him for nothing, it’s now time to move on.

In other West Brom news, Premier League ace admits he’d return to Hawthorns in a coaching role

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