Former West Bromwich Albion star Steve Bull has told Football FanCast that Sam Johnstone can become one of the best goalkeepers in England.
The goalkeeper has been raging against the dying of the light at the Hawthorns this season, with Sam Allardyce’s side almost certain to go down.
They are 10 points off safety with nine games to go and it would take nothing short of a miracle for them to force their way out of the bottom three.
Johnstone, though, has made the most saves of any goalkeeper in the Premier League and has been rewarded with his first international call-up.
He could play for England against San Marino on Thursday, or against Albania or Poland in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Johnstone will be battling with Manchester United’s Dean Henderson and Burnley’s Nick Pope for a place in the XI for the upcoming games, with Jordan Pickford injured, and Bull, who won 13 caps for the Three Lions, thinks that he has what it takes to become a real option for Southgate.
Asked if he could become one of England’s best, Bull told FFC: “Yeah, he could do. I think he’s got the most saves in the Premier League. His back must be really hurting! I just think he’s got to keep doing it for his club at the moment.
“If he can do it for Albion with all of these shots and crosses coming in, you just think of the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool where there’s hardly anything coming in. I think he’s got to earn his bread and butter now.
“He’s got his first call-up, he might be third-choice, second-choice, you never know, he might get on. You never know what he might do but all he’s got to do is keep his feet firmly on the ground and, who knows, he could be a top six, top three, top two England goalkeeper in the future.
“There’s a lot of young ones that are up and coming and fighting for that spot and all the best to them; keep doing what you’re doing for your club and you’ll get your chance for your country.”