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Poll: Do Hammers have a ready made right back?

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?


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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “Poll: Do Hammers have a ready made right back?

  1. I am sure this is just intended as a bit of fun, but think I will pass on the voting. I have seen so many youngsters score on their debuts or look like world beaters (usually being labelled the next Bobby Moore or Trevor Brooking) then sink without trace. Obviously it is too soon to judge either way & the head would say there should be a ‘don’t know’ option. He did look good but give it time & don’t load too much pressure on the young man.

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