Ben Johnson, a right-back for West Ham United, is allegedly interested in joining Leeds United on loan this month.
The Whites terminated Djed Spence’s loan from Tottenham Hotspur before Luke Ayling joined Middlesbrough, therefore they will need a new full-back before the window closes.
Since Johnson’s contract at West Ham expires in the summer and he hasn’t had much playing time thus far this season, Daniel Farke may find him to be an appealing option given his versatility.
During his news conference yesterday, Farke acknowledged that Leeds is trying to bolster a few positions. A few hours later, Phil Hay mentioned Johnson as a potential target.
Despite having made just under 100 appearances for West Ham’s Claret and Blue, some fans might not be fully aware of Johnson’s skill set. In light of this, we’ve asked journalist Antony Martin of Hammers News for the inside scoop on Leeds’ most recent target.
What can Johnson’s arrival mean for Leeds supporters?
He has all the skills to be a great player, but he just isn’t, therefore you should be extremely disappointed! At the age of 19, he made his official debut for us in 2019, and he appeared to be the real deal.
But over the past year or two, Johnson has severely regressed and is now a shell of the player he once was. Who knows, maybe he could get back into the music business with you guys?
What are the main advantages Johnson has?
He is incredibly adaptable, possesses a respectable pace, and feels at ease with the ball at his feet. When necessary, he can play as a center-half in addition to both full-back positions.
Are there any vulnerabilities Leeds has to be cognizant of?
He has really poor positional awareness and frequently nods off during games. It comes as no surprise that he has only contributed 91 minutes to our Premier League total this year.
Would you anticipate Johnson succeeding in the Championship at Leeds?
disputed. Though, to be honest, I don’t believe I would want him playing for my side if we were vying for promotion to the Premier League. The Championship is definitely his level.
Synopsis: Leeds target Johnson is not guilty.
These remarks give the impression that Johnson has not yet lived up to the early potential he displayed shortly after making his debut in West Ham’s first squad.
He hasn’t exactly been a Hammers regular starter, either, and at his age, playing time is what matters most for his development.
He might find that dropping down a tier to join Leeds is just what he needs to turn his career around. Of course, his versatility is also a plus.