Sam Johnstone Profile
|Born||Mar 25, 1993|
Sam Johnstone is a goalkeeper who currently plays for West Bromwich Albion and England. He was named as part of Gareth Southgate’s England Euro 2020 squad.
Sam Johnstone began his career in the Manchester United academy and was with the club for seven years. However, he spent all seven of those seasons on loan at seven clubs across the English football league.
Everywhere but United
Johnstone joined the Manchester United academy in the 2010/11 season, joining Oldham Athletic on a one-month loan the following July. On September 9, 2011, Johnstone hooked up with Scunthorpe United on a similar deal, but this loan was extended until January 2012.
In March 2013, Johnstone went to Walsall on loan for the rest of the season. He kept consecutive clean sheets in his first games. However, a few months later, Johnstone was moving again, this time to Championship side Yeovil Town. This was for a three-month spell.
His club-hopping continued in January 2014 as he moved to Doncaster Rovers, where he spent a year and played in a total of 28 games across two seasons.
A year after joining Doncaster, Johnstone joined his hometown club, Preston North End on loan until the end of the 2014/15 season. He kept a clean sheet in the 2015 play-off final against Swindon to help his side earn promotion to the Championship.
The following season, Johnstone was called up by the Red Devils to join them on their pre-season tour of the United States. He played as a second choice keeper and, after transfer rumours of David De Gea going to Real Madrid, Johnstone was named on the bench for the first game of the 2015/16 season against Tottenham Hotspur. After De Gea committed his future to United, Johnstone rejoined North End on loan.
On October 16, 2016, Johnstone extended his contract with Manchester United until June 2018.
On January 5, 2017, Johnstone was on the move again as he joined Championship side Aston Villa on loan until the end of the 2016/17 season. This was extended to cover all of the subsequent campaign too.
Becoming a Baggie
On July 3, 2018, Johnstone left Manchester United and signed a four-year contract with West Bromwich Albion for a reported fee of around £6.5million. Despite criticism from fans, Johnstone was a rock in goal for the Baggies, particularly in the 2019/20 season when he kept 14 clean sheets to help his side get automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Despite the club being relegated during the 2020/21 campaign, Johnstone continued to produce in goal for West Brom. He kept six clean sheets and came in clutch with some world class saves.
His fine form earned him a trio of awards at the end of the season as Johnstone won the Supporter's Player of the Year, Player's Player of the Year and PFA Community Champion Award for his work away from the game.
Johnstone and the England call
Johnstone has played for England at the Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20 level.
He was named in the 21-man squad for England at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his debut in the first game of the tournament and played in all three games as England crashed out in the group stage.
His fine performances for West Bromwich in the 2020/21 season saw Johnstone get called up to the England first team in March. An injury to Nick Pope saw Johnsone named in the 26-man squad for Euro 2020. He made his debut on June 6 in a warm-up match against Romania at the Riverside Stadium.
Johnstone failed to play any minutes at all at Euro 2020, though, with Jordan Pickfiord firmly in possession of the number one jersey for the Three Lions.
Sam Johnstone's personal life
Johnstone comes from a football family, with his dad Glenn Johnstone having played for Preston North End in the 1990s. His younger brother Max joined the Manchester United youth team before signing for Scottish club St Johnstone in July 2019.
Sam Johnstone's net worth
Johnstone's four year contract is worth £6.7million, which means he gets £32,500 a week.