Sam Johnstone’s performance in England’s 5-0 win over Andorra in their World Cup Qualifier on Saturday may increase Tottenham’s interest in bringing the goalkeeper to north London in the January transfer window, with two moments in particular standing out.
The English shot stopper currently plays for West Brom but his contract expires at the end of the season and according to Transfermarkt, his market value is £8million.
His current club sit second in the Championship and he has played in 10 of their 11 fixtures so far this campaign, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
Both north London clubs were rumoured to be interested in the 28-year-old, during the summer transfer window, as football.london reported, but Spurs opted to sign Pierluigi Gollini, while their rivals Arsenal brought in Aaron Ramsdale.
Tottenham’s current captain and number one keeper, Hugo Lloris, has had a solid start to the season and has helped keep the score down in a number of games as well as winning the Nations League with France on Sunday.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have won four of their seven games since their Premier League season began but have been defeated in three London derbies against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal.
The French international’s contract expires at the end of the season and the 34-year-old may decide to leave north London and spend the last years of his career elsewhere.
This could pave way for summer signing Gollini to step up and become the Lilywhites’ first choice keeper. Tottenham also have Alfie Whiteman, who is currently on loan at Degerfors, and Brandon Austin, as their other options in goal.
However, if Johnstone continues to impress for club and country, he may find that the north London club’s interest increases.
England’s 5-0 victory over Andorra on Saturday was Johnstone’s third senior appearance and he would have impressed Gareth Southgate with his display.
Sky Sports rated the shot stopper’s performance a seven and said “Johnstone must be wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to international football” as he is yet to concede a goal and assisted Jack Grealish with the final goal of the fixture.
During the 90 minutes, Johnstone wasn’t threatened much as England enjoyed 86 per cent possession and had 17 shots at goal but he did make a diving save when an Andorran shot was fired at him.
Former goalkeeper, Paddy Kenny, highlighted that he thinks the England shot stopper would be a great replacement for Spurs’ current keeper.
“He’s a bit older than some of the other options and he has more experience. So I think he would be a bargain,” he said.
The most notable part of the keeper’s performance was his assist for Grealish, who got his first international goal.
Johnstone’s quick thinking meant he threw the ball down the field into the opposition half and the Man City substitute ran onto it, managed to weave round the Andorran defence and slot it into the back of the net.
Moments like this could get the England goalie noticed by the likes of Fabio Paratici and Tottenham and they haven’t gone unnoticed by his international boss.
“It was a fabulous piece of quick thinking from Sam Johnstone and when Jack [Grealish] is in those one against one situations he will always be a threat,” Southgate said after the win.
If Johnstone can continue his solid form and perform well for his club and country, when he gets the chance, he may become a key target for the Lilywhites.
Source by Football London