How has Johnson’s midfield abilities been missed for so long?


How has Johnson’s midfield abilities been missed for so long?

It would be interesting to learn who has known that Ben Johnson has all the hallmarks of a great midfielder given he has been at the club for 16 years since he was seven years old. Odd that!

How has Johnson’s midfield abilities been missed for so long?

The manager claimed after today’s game that he believed the 24 year old had been brilliant adding that he had to give him credit for his performance and that he had done as well as we hoped he would.

Yet in his near century of games  and those 16 years  he had not appeared in midfield until the last couple of matches when he has performed superbly.

Such has been his level of form, the club were unwilling to offer him a new deal and it looked until very recently as though he would be on his way from the club.

It is an extraordinary state of affairs that he has been watched over and over by numerous managers and coaches and it is not until now that we see him in all this midfield glory.

Such is his versatility on both sides of defence and now particularly in midfield we have a very serious player on our hands. But one wonders why we are going out spending so much money on bringing others in and offering Kalvin Phillips a loan deal.

I feel a bit for the Manchester City player because he has been talked up by our manager as something very special but having started him against Bournemouth, today he drops him after his desperate start against Bournemouth. Hmmm!

Johnson meanwhile looks very special indeed and you wonder how this area of his game has been missed by so many for so long at the club

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Martin61 says:

    Ben started as a winger and was converted to a full back. Having stood watching (the lack of) quality of his crossing today I’m not surprised. That said, looks a good box to box player, but I believe our best midfield 3x would be Alvarez (class today, again), JWP (drop in form worrying) and Paqueta……so Ben is on the bench.

    As for Kalvin, Moyse said he felt he would take time to get up to speed and he’s right…….and hardly surprising given 18 months with very little game time. He needs to get up to speed quickly for his own goals and our needs so we’ll need to get used to his ring rustiness over the next few games and hope it doesn’t damage his confidence.

  • Hammeroo says:

    Well done Ben Johnson! You were magnificent again and it makes me really angry with David Moyes for freezing you out of the team for so long and wanting you out of the club. Thank God you are a true Hammer at heart and you stuck around. And now you are proving that form is temporary but class is permanent. Thank you Ben.

  • ClaretDanBlue says:

    I’m wondering if he may be a striker too – what do you think Hugh?!!!!

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