'Best season ever' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson drools over West Brom 26-yr-old
Paul Robinson has heralded West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for his impressive performances at the Hawthorns this season.
The former Leeds United and England shot-stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he thinks this is the 26-year-old’s best-ever season in professional football as he pushes for promotion with the Baggies.
Johnstone, who joined West Brom from Manchester United back in 2018, has been a mainstay for the Championship table-toppers this season, with 32 appearances under his belt to date.
Having seen the keeper spend time on loan at Aston Villa and Preston prior to his permanent exit from Old Trafford, Robinson believes the 6ft 4in giant is playing his best football ever.
“He’s definitely having a good season there, his performances have been very, very good, he’s kept a lot of clean sheets this year,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“He’s playing in a team that are playing that well. For someone like him, he’s 26 now, he’s been ever-present and I think this is probably his best season as a goalkeeper, from the outside looking in.
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“Watching him progress in the way that he has done, I probably wouldn’t be too far off saying, and he would probably say the same, this is his best season so far in his career.”
Johnstone played 70 times for West Brom’s midlands rivals Villa over two loan spells, while he has a total of 79 appearances for the Baggies under his belt.
The next game for Slaven Bilic and his side sees them take on fellow promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest on Saturday.