This summer it appears as though Tottenham Hotspur will be needing to sign a new goalkeeper. Michel Vorm is out of contract and with only Argentine stopper Paulo Gazzaniga in reserve, Mauricio Pochettino will be targeting another stopper to play back-up to club captain Hugo Lloris. Now, according to The Sun, that man has been identified in the form of Manchester United stopper Sam Johnstone.
The Englishman has been in fine form this season, during a loan spell at Championship side Aston Villa. Johnstone is out of contract at Old Trafford in June and Spurs would like to bring him to North London to continue his career.
Undoubtedly the time has come for Johnstone to leave United, where he clearly is not seen as a first-teamer for the future. However, if he moved to Spurs, he would just be back on the bench playing back-up once again.
But perhaps not?
Johnstone is a fantastic goalkeeper and, at 25-years-old, he should no longer be considered a second-choice keeper.
His form for Villa this season has been impressive however and, if he did head to Spurs, there is no doubt he would want to push Lloris for the starting spot.
Based on recent form, that should not be considered an unlikelihood anymore.
Lloris has been performing poorly recently, making uncharacteristic mistakes. His form has seen some Tottenham fans question whether or not the Frenchman may now be past his best.
Johnstone may not be a household name, but when coming through the ranks at United he was considered the top keeper in his age bracket on the international scene – ahead of current England contender Jack Butland.
If Johnstone was to arrive at Tottenham this summer he would surely not be looking to simply sit on the bench week in and week out. If he could perform like he has been at Villa, Johnstone might actually be in with a shout of becoming the Tottenham number one.