Leeds: Smyth drops Johnstone claim
Graham Smyth has said he thinks Leeds United should make a move for Sam Johnstone this summer.
What was said?
In a series of recent articles on Twitterthe Yorkshire Evening Post’s football editor suggested the goalkeeper – who is ready to go West Bromwich Albion when his current contract expires in June – would be a great signing for Victor Orta to cross the line this summer, as the England international would seriously push Illan Meslier for his starting spot alongside Jesse Marsch.
In his tweets, Smyth said: “What a free transfer Johnstone will be for someone this summer… I would definitely take him [as] backup, but really push Meslier for the top spot.
Orta has to move
Given Johnstone’s impressive appearance for West Brom during Albion’s last spell in the top flight of 2020/21, it’s easy to see why Smyth thinks the 29-year-old would be a good target for Orta this summer.
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Indeed, above his 37 Premier League appearances that season, the £10.8 million stopper was one of the Baggies’ standout players, keeping six clean sheets and averaging 4.5 stellar saves per game – the more in the league.
These returns saw the £32.5,000 per week goalkeeper whom Gary Lineker nicknamed “unbelievable” and Kieran Doody tagged “unreal” earn an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.03classifying it as the Albion second best league player – an incredibly impressive feat considering West Brom’s ultimate relegation from the division.
For comparison, compared to Meslier 38 Premier League fixtures this season, the £18 million talent kept five clean sheets, conceded 79 goals and averaged 3.8 saves per game, with these stats seeing the France U21 international average a SofaScore match rating of 6.87.
As such, it would certainly look like Johnstone would make a fantastic addition to Marsch’s current options between the sticks, especially considering he’s available for free – which leads us to believe Orta just needs to make a move. for the English shooter. this summer.
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