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The transfer window is finally open. It felt like it was a matter of months that it initially closed, but here we are, ready and really wanting to start another four weeks of chaos.
In the case of the Spurs, it will be an opportunity to strengthen their title credentials, so where will they look to buy, loan or sell?
Which is the word?
One area that they may have to unexpectedly strengthen is in the goalkeeping department.
That’s because Mauricio Pochettino is looking to bring Hugo Lloris to PSG once he signs on the dotted line and becomes the new coach of the Parisians.
The Frenchman is the captain of Tottenham, so clearly it would be a huge loss. Fortunately, however, they already have a replacement in mind.
According to Sun., one of Daniel Levy’s targets to replace Lloris would be West Brom’s stopper Sam Johnstone.
Should the Spurs sign Johnstone if Lloris leaves?
How much it would have cost is not revealed, but having returned the Baggies £ 6.5 million, it is unlikely that Tottenham’s coffers were too clouded.
For a club the size of Spurs, signing someone from West Brom might not be too flashy. However, there is no denying that Johnstone is not one of the best in the business at the moment.
The Albion goalkeeper has produced a series of hypnotic displays of this term, saving the most shots: 66 – from anyone to play between the clubs in the Premier League. Imagine how the likes of Toby Alderweirald and company would play out if they had a man as confident as him behind them. It is a delightful prospect.
The Spurs have already found it difficult to break, defeating the Midlands team by a score of just 1-0 earlier this season. In that encounter, Johnstone gave in to Harry Kane, but managed to prevent the terrifying Heung-min Son from finding the back of the net.
Considering that the South Korean forward has eleven goals in 15 games this season is not an easy achievement.
Going from Lloris to Johnstone may seem like a step backwards, but the latter is continually proving that he is an exceptional goalkeeper. Although, for some, that won’t come as a surprise.
Steve Bruce, Newcastle boss described the 27-year-old as a “diamond” when the two worked together at Aston Villa.
That assessment has never been more evident than now. Johnstone is fast becoming one of the best at his position in the top flight.