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Spurs: Alasdair Gold drops Sam Johnstone claim

Alasdair Gold has dropped an update on the future of reported Tottenham Hotspur summer transfer target Sam Johnstone.

What’s the talk?

In a recent video posted on YouTube, the football.london journalist revealed that, following reports linking the 29-year-old with a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium upon the expiry of his West Bromwich Albion contract this summer, it does indeed appear likely the England international will be linking up with Antonio Conte’s side ahead of Spurs’ 2022/23 campaign.

Gold also went on to state that Pierluigi Gollini looks set to return to Atalanta following the completion of his season-long loan deal, with it appearing unlikely that Fabio Paratici will activate the 27-year-old’s option to buy clause.

Regarding the future of both goalkeepers, the journalist said: “We know Gollini is probably going to go back to Atalanta. I can’t see Spurs spending the £11m or so on him, and it looks likely that Sam Johnstone is going to come in and he’ll replace [Gollini] as a homegrown player.”

Paratici masterclass

Considering how disappointing Gollini has been for Spurs following his temporary switch to north London last summer, coupled with how talented a ‘keeper Johnstone evidently is, the fact that Paratici looks as if he will be returning the Italian and replacing him with the 29-year-old certainly appears to be a magnificent move by the sporting director.

Who would you rather at Spurs next season?

Johnstone

Johnstone

Gollini

Gollini

Indeed, over Gollini’s four appearances in the Europa Conference League this season, the £9m-rated shot-stopper did little to convince Paratici he would be worth spending anywhere near £11m on him this summer, with the 27-year-old failing to keep a single clean sheet and shipping a total of six goals against Stade Rennais, NS Mura and Vitesse – averaging an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.25 in the process.

Meanwhile, over Johnstone’s 37 Premier League outings for West Brom last term, the £7.2m-rated goalkeeper highly impressed, keeping six clean sheets and making a whopping 4.5 saves per game – the most in the league – with these returns seeing the £32.5k-per-week England international average a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.03 – ranking him as Albion’s second-best player in the English top flight.

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A truly wasted talent...

As such, should Tottenham indeed go on to replace Gollini with Johnstone on a free transfer this summer, it would appear to be yet another Paratici masterclass, as the Baggies’ shot-stopper is undoubtedly a much more promising – not to mention budget-friendly – option for the club.

AND in other news: “Confirmed by Fabrizio Romano”: Huge update on £58m Spurs target emerges, he’s a steal

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