Portsmouth interested in loan deal for West Brom keeper Josh Griffiths
West Brom goalkeeper Josh Griffiths could be set for another loan move with Portsmouth interested in a deal, according to Alex Crook.
The 20-year-old spent the 2021/22 season on loan with Lincoln City in League One, after a season with Cheltenham in League Two a year earlier.
The Baggies youth product featured heavily in both campaigns, making a combined 85 appearances, and keeping an impressive 23 clean sheets for the Robins.
With previous starter Sam Johnstone now gone Griffiths could be set for inclusion in the first team squad but talkSPORT reporter Crook suggests it may be third-successive temporary move on the cards instead.
He wrote on his personal Twitter account Thursday morning [9 June]: “Pompey are looking at signing WBA goalkeeper Josh Griffiths on loan”.
David Button and Alex Palmer are the other two keepers in the squad, who both received new deals in recent weeks.
Following England international Johnstone’s exit it looks like a fairly open race for game time in his absence, although Button is the “clear front-runner” according to The Athletic’s Steve Madeley when the pair’s contracts were both extended in May.
33-year-old Button was given the gloves for the final few games of Steve Bruce’s first season in charge when it was clear Johnstone was leaving.
Once he was given a new two-year deal it appeared certain he would continue as number one, but Palmer was given his own four-year contract and clearly sees himself as in with a shout, saying via The Athletic at the time: “With the contract I’ve been given I’ve obviously been backed by the coaching staff so I just need to go out there and prove myself.”
Where that leaves Griffiths is hard to say as there tends not to be a huge amount of first-team football for a third-choice keeper, especially without deep cup runs.
While plenty of fans may be disappointed to not see the talented youngster be part of the senior squad next term (2022/23) the player himself may prefer a move to Fratton Park if it means playing regularly.
He is still yet to make his first team debut for Albion, having been at the club for over a decade, but another successful season out on loan, with a recall clause in case of injury, could be best for his development if Bruce isn’t ready to give him opportunities yet.
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