David Moyes has what some believe is a tricky decision against Brighton at the London Stadium tonight (Wed).
A few months ago it wouldn’t have even been a discussion but such has been the advancement of Ben Johnson it’s becoming a real topic among many fans.
There are those who believe the 21 year old cannot be rested such is his form whilst others claim that Coufal remains the best option.
I see it in slightly different terms and agree with the manager that Johnson was excellent against Manchester City as he had been in previous games.
That yet another academy product has broken through is a matter of celebration as far as I’m concerned and that the discussion is being held at all is fabulous news.
There is a chance of course that both will appear on the pitch this evening should Aaron Cresswell not make it but it will remain of interest to see who actually clinches that right sided role should that be the case.
If Cress is available then it could only knock Ben’s confidence should he find himself side lined at a time when he has done nothing to deserve it.
I’d play him.
What do you think?
I think DM should have an eye to Chelsea to play a back five, there including Cress, Ben and Vlad. So for Brighton maybe Vlad right and Ben left and rest Cress? Either way, look at what Ben has brought us options wise!!!
When Coufal first arrived, we were all unsure whether he could be the long term solution to our problem position. He surpassed all of our expectations and has proved to be one of the best right-backs in the Premier League, in not only being able to defend but also good on the attack with assists to his game.
The fact that we are discussing whether or not Coufal should reclaim his right-back spot tells you everything about Ben Johnson, as he is an Academy product on an upwards trajectory similar to Declan and destined for the very top. Ben is just getting started and before claiming a start in his preferred position, he has put in top performances for the team including at left-back.
Ben hasn’t given the manager a reason to drop him and I agree, that he should retain his shirt and his starting place in the team.
VC is excellent, but on current performance who could say no to BJ