Sam Johnstone has been tipped as the “perfect” successor to Hugo Lloris at Tottenham Hotspur…
The West Brom goalkeeper was linked to the north London outfit throughout the summer but it now appears he’s back on Spurs’ radar.
According to Football Insider, the Lilywhites have ‘set their sights’ on the 28-year-old shot-stopper, with club scouts watching him in action before the international break.
And now former Sheffield United glovesman Paddy Kenny has described him as the ideal man to replace Nuno Santo’s current no.1.
“I reckon he would be a perfect replacement for Lloris,” he told Football Insider.
“Sam has been unreal at West Brom. I thought he was fantastic last season for a team that got relegated.
“He is from the Man United academy so he has got a brilliant pedigree. So he would be a top signing and a big loss for West Brom.”
With the 34-year-old out of contract at the end of the current campaign, there may not be a better time to find his replacement than now and Johnstone is a very solid option, indeed.
Despite suffering relegation at the Baggies last term, the 6 foot 4 colossus was still amongst the top ‘keepers in the English top-flight, which is why he earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020.
As per FBRef, no goalkeeper made more saves (161) than Johnstone in 2020/21, having faced an average of 6.16 attempts on target per 90 minutes. By comparison, Lloris made only 111 saves.
It is why ex-Albion boss Sam Allardyce dubbed him “one of the best” during their attempts to stave off relegation and why his former Villa boss Steve Bruce lauded him as a “diamond” during their time together.
Talk over a potential new deal has remained quiet, so there’s a good chance that Nuno will be looking for a new no.1 in the coming windows and it probably is the right time to move on from the long-serving Mauricio Pochettino favourite, even if he’s the captain.
The France international has endured his fair share of mistakes over the last few years, leading to scathing criticism.
For example, after Spurs’ FA Cup exit to Everton earlier this year, Lloris was slammed for having “lettuce wrists” and was said to be the main “weak link of Jose Mourinho’s side, as per talkSPORT’s Trevor Sinclair and Jason Cundy.
He too is out of contract in the summer, so it may be a massive bargain too.
It’s time for Nuno to stamp his own mark down in north London and that can begin with a major change between the sticks.