It was a similar theme against Burnley on Friday, but he still needs to improve in a few areas if he wants to completely resolve the enormous Ange puzzle without Son.
But the Welshman showed off his unstoppable threat to opponents, showing off some fantastic off-the-ball runs and first touches throughout the evening. One particularly “superb” touch, which stunned ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley live on air on January 5 at 8:07 p.m., came after a long, raking pass from Porro.
The Welshman was let down by Burnley’s excellent defence, which stopped him from scoring or setting up any goals. However, if Johnson can keep posing such a threat to opposing teams in the upcoming weeks, Son might not even be missed.
The former Forest player finished with the second-best score of any player to start for both teams, according to SofaScore. He completed 73% of his passes, made one crucial pass, 50% of his dribble attempts were successful, he had four shots on goal, and he won three ground duels.
Johnson has only managed one goal and four assists in the current campaign, but he now has an opportunity to escape Son’s shadow and demonstrate why Postecoglou was so keen to spend £40 million on his services. If Son plays like he did against Burnley, supporters might forget about him for the entire month.