TBR View: England heroics show why Tottenham must sign goalkeeper
England defeated Romania in their final Euro 2020 warm-up match at the weekend. Sam Johnstone was handed a start and he showed Tottenham exactly why they need to sign him.
The West Brom goalkeeper was handed a chance to impress, with Jordan Pickford rested ahead of Sunday’s opening game against Croatia.
Johnstone played a blinder. His double save in the second half was a joy to behold and really caught the eye.
It is thought that West Brom will be unable to keep hold of the 28-year-old following their relegation.
They have, however, slapped a £20 million price tag on the England stopper. Indeed, if he plays at Euro 2020, they could demand a more substantial sum.
On Sunday’s showing, Johnstone will have no shortage of suitors and Tottenham must act quickly.
The future of Hugo Lloris is up in the air and Spurs will go in search of a new goalkeeper this summer.
Even if the 34-year-old does stay at Tottenham beyond this summer, the club will need to sort something in the near future.
Johnstone kept six clean sheets last season and does look destined to move to a bigger club.
Spurs have Joe Hart as the current backup and the jury remains out on his ability too.
Johnstone could be ideal for Tottenham
Whoever takes the role as Spurs’ new manager will have plenty of work to do in terms of the playing squad.
If Lloris stays there will be far bigger problems to solve than the one between the posts.
With that in mind, completing a £20 million deal to sign a quality stopper like Johnstone makes perfect sense.
The £32,000-a-week player has learned his trade with several decent clubs and deserves a crack at playing for a bigger outfit.
Johnstone is supremely agile, commands his box with aplomb and boasts quality distribution skills.
There could be life in Lloris just yet but based on his heroics for England, Tottenham must complete a shrewd move for Johnstone this summer.
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