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Johnson takes his cue from trophy-laden stars!

Ben Johnson says he is taking inspiration from serial winners Ashley Young and Cesar Azpilicueta as he tries to forge his way at left-back under David Moyes!

The defender played the 90 minutes on the left as the Irons beat Sheffield United 3-0 on Monday night.

Johnson is naturally a right-back and has come through the academy playing in that position.

But he says he is more than willing to play on the left and is taking inspiration from Inter Milan star Young and Chelsea’s Azpilicueta, who both played at left-back despite being right-footed.

The former spent a number of years at Manchester United and won the Premier League, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, and the Europa League during his time at the club, while winning 39 caps for England.

Azpilicueta, by comparison, has won two Premier League titles with Chelsea, along with the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, and the Europa League; he has also won 25 caps for Spain.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Johnson said: “I’ve watched a lot of players playing on the left but being right-footers.

“Azpilicueta at Chelsea did it for years and Ashley Young at Inter Milan, still playing at the top level and doing it. There are a lot of players capable of doing it.

“Wherever the manager puts me I’ll play and play 100 per cent. I’ve just got to have my head screwed on and focused.”

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.