West Bromwich Albion are in the market for a goalkeeper or two, and are believed to be eyeing up Swansea’s Steven-Andreas Benda and Wigan’s David Marshall, according to The Sun.
With Jonathan Bond and Ali Al-Habsi set to depart the club this summer, Slaven Bilic has his sights set on bringing in a goalkeeper or two to bolster the depth in that position, as only Sam Johnstone and Alex Palmer are available for selection.
Sam Johnstone has played every minute possible for the Baggies since joining them from Manchester United in the summer of 2018.
But a lack of competition for the number one spot has kept him between the sticks when arguably he should have been replaced.
As for Alex Palmer, he returned to the Baggies following a successful spell with Plymouth where he earned promotion to League One but the chances of him becoming Albion’s first-choice ‘keeper any time soon are slim.
Instead, Palmer will likely serve as Johnstone’s understudy for the foreseeable future; if not that, then he will be shipped out on loan to gain more experience.Embed from Getty Images
Steven-Andreas Benda is a 21-year-old goalkeeper for Swansea who spent last season on loan with Swindon in League Two, for whom he impressed, keeping nine clean sheets in 24 matches for the Robins.Embed from Getty Images
Another player Albion now want is David Marshall: the 35-year-old has a wealth of experience that would serve the Baggies well in the top flight and he could be realistic competition for Sam Johnstone.
Marshall has played an active part in Wigan’s campaign this season, featuring in 39 games and securing 15 clean sheets.
But with Wigan relegated to League One following a 12-point deduction, Marshall will likely be available for a very low fee — especially now that the Latics have entered administration.
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