West Ham insider Ex-WHU Employee has recently hailed the club’s youngster Ben Johnson.
Ex-WHU Employee recently appeared on the latest episode of the West Ham Way podcast and he talked about multiple issues involving the Hammers. One player that he focused on was Johnson and how he rates the young defender. The insider revealed that he comes from a humble family, who are very grounded and he had high praise for him.
Johnson is currently 21 and he is a product of the West Ham youth academy. He has previously played for the club’s Under-18s and their Under-23s. In West Ham’s recent FA Cup game against Manchester United, Johnson came on in the second half for David Moyes’ men and earned a decent rating of 6.92 (as per Whoscored).
Does Ben Johnson have a bright future?
Ex-WHU Employee made it clear that the youngster is popular with the West Ham teammates and he’s got a bit of a footballing DNA as well.
He made his delight clear and said (15:59): He’s a good player, very good player. And you know, another good thing about him is that he’s a good lad as well. I think he’s from a very humble family. I think his family will be quite religious. They’re very grounded. They’ve brought him up the right way. He’s a nice lad. He’s very popular with the players, he’s been at the club since he was seven years of age. He’s from a sporting family.
“If you remember, his uncle’s Paul Parker, I think he’s related to Ledley King as well. So he’s got that kind of like DNA to be a top level footballer. Obviously both those players played for England. And so I think he’s got everything that could make him a great player, he’s got pace, he’s good on the ball. He reads the game well. He’s got a decent shot on him for a full back, as shown when he scored this year against Brighton.”
TIF Thoughts on Ben Johnson…
The 21-year-old Johnson has made one start in the Premier League this season and he has come on from the bench four times. In total, he has played 143 minutes of Premier League football, while scoring once too (as per Whoscored).
While he is a right-back by trade, the youngster has played in multiple positions for the club’s junior side and the senior side. It shows his versatility at a player. Since he’s related to former players like Paul Parker and Ledley King, there might be a solid foundation for him to make it big. Because of all that, it is easy to see why Ex-WHU Employee rates the young defender.