West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Josh Griffiths is set to leave The Hawthorns this summer to head out on loan.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook, who passed on the transfer news on via a post on Twitter, reporting that the 19-year-old shot-stopper looks set to join Lincoln City on a season-long loan deal in the coming days.
Crook also claimed that the England U21 international has signed a new four-year deal with Valerien Ismael’s side, ensuring the ‘keeper will remain contracted at the club until the summer of 2025.
Is this a good move for Griffiths?
Good news for West Brom
Having highly impressed while out on loan at Cheltenham Town last season, the fact that Griffiths looks set to make a step up in division next term, especially with a team such as Michael Appleton’s Lincoln City, is extremely good news for West Brom.
Indeed, over his 44 League Two appearances for Michael Duff’s side last time out, Griffiths helped his team keep a whopping 21 clean sheets and conceded just 37 goals, as well as making an average of two saves and 0.4 successful runs out per game.
These returns saw the £450k-rated man earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.87, ranking him as the Robins’ ninth-best performer in the fourth tier of English football, playing a key role in the club’s title-winning campaign.
As such, if the man Andy Wilcox claimed has a “big future” in the game can continue this level of performance while at Lincoln next season, it would appear to bode extremely well for the gaolkeepers’ chances of coming back to West Brom next summer and fighting for a place in Ismael’s first team.
And, with Sam Johnstone being heavily linked with a move away from The Hawthorns this summer, the club could well be in need of a new long term shot-stopper sooner rather than later, with Griffiths representing a young, home-grown and cost-effective option for the role.