Academy youngster Ben Johnson made his senior debut for West Ham at the Etihad after injuries to Aaron Creswell and Arthur Masuaku caused him to take a risk.
The 19-year-old former winger, has converted into an attacking full-back, has been with the club for a decade and recently impressed Manuel Pellegrini at their Marbella training camp. He is predominately a right back but can use both feet so is comfortable in the left-back role too.
Ben no relation to his 57-year-old shamed runner namesake is, in fact, the nephew of former Manchester United and England full-back Paul Parker, who also enjoyed spells at Fulham and QPR. His cousin is none other than Ledley King, the ex-Tottenham and England defender who retired in 2012.
Pablo Zabaleta’s playing days are likely to be numbered and if last night is anything to go by Ryan Fredericks is ready to be the number one right back forwarding.
In today’s Claret and Hugh poll we asked whether Ben Johnson is ready to step up as the second choice right back should Zabaleta retire thus saving the Hammers money in the summer transfer market?