I will say it one more time to see if it sinks in: West Bromwich Albion are back in the Premier League – no, it has not sunk in yet. In any case, we take a look back at the 2019/20 season and assess every players’ individual performances.
After all, it was an incredible team effort — promotion would not have been achieved without every single player in the squad this season. Here’s why.
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Let’s start controversially.
Some fans, although a minority, do not think Sam Johnstone was good enough this season. He has definitely not commanded his area as, say, Ben Foster would; however, his distribution has undoubtedly improved and his shot-stopping capabilities are second to none in this league.
His 14 clean sheets placed him joint third in the race for the Championship Golden Glove and he often pulled off saves when it seemed Albion were destined to lose.
His mistake against Huddersfield Town, allowing them to score the opening goal, arguably cost Albion crucial points, though he more than made up for this across the course of the season.
He stood strong against Jacob Davenport in the recent 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers and outright saved a vital point for Albion in the search for automatic promotion.
He also kept Albion level with Preston in December with a smart save, and the Baggies went on to win 1-0.