Johnson Thrust into Spotlight for Crucial European Clash


Ben Johnson finds himself in a pivotal role for the Irons as they prepare for a do-or-die Europa League second leg against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday. The 24-year-old full-back’s uncertain contract situation adds another layer of intrigue to this high-pressure encounter.

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Johnson in spotlight

Despite ongoing negotiations for a new contract, Johnson remains a vital player for the Hammers. His versatility will be crucial as West Ham seeks to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

The task for West Ham is significant. Key players Lucas Paqueta (suspended) and Jarrod Bowen (injured) are sidelined, further straining the squad’s depth.

Johnson, primarily a right-back, has proven his adaptability throughout the season, even playing on the left wing against Arsenal. With Emerson Palmieri suspended, Johnson could be tasked with containing Leverkusen’s attacking talents like Nathan Tella, Jonas Hofmann, Amine Adli, and Florian Wirtz.

David Moyes‘ recent preference for Aaron Cresswell could see him starting at left-back, potentially pushing Johnson into a more attacking role.

Overturning a two-goal deficit requires a monumental effort from West Ham. Johnson’s versatility and determination could be instrumental in achieving this seemingly improbable feat. All eyes will be on him as he takes centre stage for the Hammers on Thursday night.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Have a look at where he was for Fulhams second goal Sunday and remember he had just come on so he couldn’t be tired

  • Trevor Beaumont says:

    Johnson won’t start on Thursday. Cresswell will be left back. The front five will consist of Alvarez, Soucek, Ward-Prowse, Kudus and Antonio. Johnson comes in when we need to defend….not overturn a two goal deficit.

  • Anonymous says:

    The squad is so weak its embarrassing…moyes is a joke

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