Manchester United youth goalie Sam Johnstone has extended his stay at Doncaster Rovers for yet another one month. Doncaster Rovers would be extremely pleased to have extended the loan deal of Sam Johnstone after an impressive run of form which has seen him keep 4 clean sheets in his last 7 games. After being signed as a back-up for Ross Turnbull when he got injured, Sam Johnstone has done enough to keep his starting place in the team. The name JohnStone might not be familiar to the majority of the fans, but for the sake of these fans let me introduce 21 year old JohnStone. Goalkeeper Samuel Luke Johnstone, who was born on 25th March 1993 is an English footballer whom is currently on loan to Doncaster Rovers.
He started his career, joining Manchester United at the academy level in the 2010/2011 season where he was the top choice goalkeeper in the academy. After brief stints with Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Yeovil Town, he ended up at Doncaster on loan in 31st January 2014 in a deal till the end of the 2013/2014 season before re-joining them on loan in 27th October 2014.
On the international level Sam Johnstone is rated very highly having played and kept a regular spot for the England U16, U17, and U20 consequently winning the UEFA European Under-17 Championship with the U-17 team in 2010. Rated by many pundits as one of England’s promising goalkeepers, the shot-stopper is developing to be a keeper to watch out for in the future possessing amazing reflexes and great shot-stopping abilities.
Manchester United will be looking to ensure this loan serves as an opportunity to enrich him with a vast wealth of experience and develop Johnstone’s raw abilities. In my opinion, it is proper and ideal for United to allow him to continue his loan agreement with Doncaster Rovers so as to build his confidence and not hamper his progress with both parties happy to the loan extension.
This loan extension would see Sam JohnStone available for Doncaster Rovers next 5 games. The 21 year old would be looking to use his loan spell at Doncaster Rovers as a platform to convince United coach Louis Van Gaal that he is good enough for the team. The move to Doncaster Rovers does not come as a surprise to the 21 year old who sees this move as an opportunity to improve his talents and return to Manchester United better than he departed.
As David De Gea is cementing his place as Manchester United number 1 with some spectacular performances this season; Anders Lindergaard on the bench and the recent signing of Victor Valdes, who is reported to be the new Manchester United 2nd choice goalkeeper, it would definitely be a herculean task for young Sam Johnstone to break into the squad at this point. Consequently, he would be loaned out more to other clubs until he proves he is ready to fight for his place in Man united colors