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CandH close-up as Johnson gets his debut

Academy youngster Ben Johnson received his Hammers debut tonight at Manchester City and CandH PlayerWatch reporter Danny Leach was there to take a look at the 19 year old.

41 – Makes an incisive tackle for Mahrez as the ball goes out for a throw

45 – Knocks the ball out for a corner as Gündogan sends the ball long

46 – Clears the ball after Ogbonna intervenes an incoming corner

53 – Attempts to take on Danilo on the left wing but is tackled easily

62 – Substituted for Zabaleta

Verdict – 6.5Pellegrini couldn’t have given Johnson a harder Premier League debut and tonight he displayed why he his highly valued by the boss and the rest of the staff. He contained Mahrez superbly and did not allow him to get into the game at all. His ability to do all the simple things well; passing, tackling and intercepting was admirable often when many experienced pros have fallen victim to City’s ruthlessness. What was even more impressive is that he is naturally a right sided defender so we have got a lot more to come from him. It’s exciting times for the club as three academy products were all involved in such a high profile game.

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One comment on “CandH close-up as Johnson gets his debut

  1. A very mature, confident and professional debut, he never looked out of place and snuffed out their record signing. IF he can do this consistently he will solve a problem for us and save some money in the summer.
    I thought he was worthy of a 7 if not higher considering the circumstances.

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