Speaking recently on a match reaction video for The West Ham Way, Dave Walker raved about West Ham United’s right-back, Ben Johnson.
The majority of these appearances have come this season, with the £1.8 million-rated 21-year-old featuring six times in the Premier League, three times in the FA Cup and three times in the Carabao Cup.
In his most recent appearance for David Moyes’ side, Monday evening’s 3-0 victory over Sheffield United, the defender – who was deployed at left-back – highly impressed for the Hammers, making two tackles, one interception and two clearances, earning the youngster a WhoScored match rating of 7.08/10.
And, the right-back was one player who Walker, speaking on a video for The West Ham Way, singled out for praise, as well as laying out his high hopes for the future of Johnson at West Ham.
He said: “I said it on last week’s show, we don’t talk about this kid enough. He is one hell of a player. He’s got a big future at West Ham. He’s been with us since he was seven years old. He’s blown me away recently, I like him a lot.”
Is Johnson good enough for West Ham?
TIF Thoughts on Dave Walker’s comments regarding Ben Johnson…
As Walker states, Johnson has indeed impressed in both Premier League fixtures in which Moyes has started the youngster, getting himself on the scoresheet and earning a WhoScored match rating of 7.31 in the Hammers’ 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion back in December, in addition to his latest display against Sheffield United.
As such, in our opinion, if Johnson can maintain his level of performance when starting fixtures for the club in the future, it would indeed appear as if West Ham have an extremely exciting prospect on their hands.