Mark Schwarzer told the Football Show on Sky Sports (13/04/21 at 10:25 am) that he ‘cannot see’ reported Leeds and Tottenham target, Sam Johnstone, moving back to Manchester United.
The Australian thinks that Johnstone, who has been outstanding for West Brom this season, is ‘determined to go onto another level’ and he doesn’t see that happening at Old Trafford where he will be sat on the bench.
Both Spurs and Leeds want to snap up Johnstone’s talents this summer, with the North London outfit leading the race for his signature.
Even though Man United have David de Gea and the thriving, Dean Henderson, on their books, it seems as though they have also entered the Johnstone race.
During his career, Schwarzer would have been used to being a regular number one at Fulham, but also a backup option at Chelsea, and he cannot see the West Brom man moving back home because of the lack of game time that will end up coming his way.
“No, I cannot see him going back to a club like Man United and sitting on the bench,” said Schwarzer.
“When you are playing regularly I think that then becomes the new norm. It’s something that you then become really comfortable with. And very determined to go onto another level.
“I think he’s starting to find his rhythm. At the start of the season, he did well. There were games where his consistency levels were a little bit up and down, which you expect for a team that struggles.
“But I think during these last few months, he has really settled in and done really, really well – I think he’s a big reason as to why West Brom are in a good run of form now.”
A recent England call-up proves that Johnstone is on the up, and if Albion get relegated, then he is a player that Premier League clubs should swarm around.
Tottenham would need Johnstone’s talents more because they have the ageing and error-prone, Hugo Lloris, in between the sticks.
Leeds have a youngster in Illan Meslier in goal, and whilst Kiko Casilla is sat on the bench, a more viable and stronger keeper is needed to push the 21-year-old.