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Alan 3:35 Fri Feb 8
Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
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West Ham teenage star Ben Johnson has amazing family pedigree with cousin Ledley King and uncle Paul Parker

The right-back can draw on a wealth experience as he looks to be the lastest product through the West Ham academy.

By Charlie Wyett

WEST HAM defender Ben Johnson is not related to the former Canadian sprinter by the same name – but he still boasts a remarkably strong sporting background.

The exciting young right-back is one of the latest top prospects to have come through the Hammers’ academy and looks to have a big future at the club as he continues to impress for the Under-23s.


West Ham defender Ben Johnson can call on two football legends for advice about the beautiful game


The impressive West Ham youngster has a cousin and an uncle who played in the Premier League

Johnson, 19, can turn to his cousin Ledley King, the former Tottenham defender, for any football advice.

Yet remarkably, Johnson can also call on his uncle.

He is former England, Manchester United, QPR and Fulham defender Paul Parker.

Equally, another uncle is Neville Douglas, a former England schools sprinter.

The youngster, who also boasts some major pace, can also play at wing-back having started out as a wide midfielder.

He has been on the bench for West Ham’s senior team just once – against Manchester City last season –and the club have high hopes for him over the next year or so.

His immediate problem is that West Ham can call on Pablo Zabaleta, Ryan Fredericks and also Michail Antonio in the right-back position but he has been urged to remain patient.

Johnson has been with West Ham since the age of seven and has featured in every age-group side and was rewarded with a new contract a year ago, keeping him tied to the club until the summer of 2020.

In the 2016/17 season, he started 19 times for the under-18s side and made his Premier League 2 debut against Leicester.

Last term, he started three EFL Trophy ties, delivered an assist in a 3-1 group stage win over Bristol Rovers and was named on the subs bench for that clash against City in December 2017.

This season, Johnson has started the opening 15 Premier League 2 Division One games and once again, started all three EFL Trophy group-stage matches.

Johnson has all-round talent with good vision and excellent passing and crossing skills. He has been working hard on becoming stronger in the air.

He has yet to have been recognised by England at youth level with Norwich’s Max Aaron having been picked ahead of him for the under-19s.

But once again, it is only a matter of time before we hear more of this major talent.

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Alan 12:29 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Fivetide 11:08 Thu Feb 14

Pearls before swine, matey.

ironsofcanada 11:12 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Fivetide 11:08 Thu Feb 14

Tried something along that tack near the beginning of the thread, I mentioned Isle of Dogs.

Sadly that was suppressed as well.

Fivetide 11:08 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
I bet all the 'lads' give him 'bants' with ncknames like Volpone, and The Alchemist!

Okay, maybe not.

ironsofcanada 10:56 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
AnotherDay_SameShit 10:53 Thu Feb 14

"Not at all"

?

You just validated it again, the first part makes no sense.

AnotherDay_SameShit 10:53 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Not at all. It's nice that we both agree being cuddled by Zab will make him better. Looking forward to seeing him breaking through and considering he is already 19 it needs to be quite soon.

ironsofcanada 10:42 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
AnotherDay_SameShit 10:36 Thu Feb 14

Thanks for the validation of my point then.

AnotherDay_SameShit 10:36 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Yes I do agree, I've said already it will make him better.

ironsofcanada 10:32 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
AnotherDay_SameShit 10:27 Thu Feb 14

Is becoming a better player being the next Neville?

Come on, read what you wrote.

Of course having a good mentor that seems to care in anything will make you better, you disagree?

AnotherDay_SameShit 10:27 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
So you don't think giving him a cuddle will help him become a player? If not, why was it good to see?

ironsofcanada 10:15 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
AnotherDay_SameShit 9:54 Thu Feb 14

Nice straw man.

AnotherDay_SameShit 9:54 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Guaranteed to be the new Gary Neville then if Zab is giving him a cuddle.

ironsofcanada 9:36 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
daveyg 5:32 Thu Feb 14

The club released a video of the training out there.

In there Zabeleta has his arm round this kid while Pelegrini is giving the group instructions.

Good to see.

https://youtu.be/Oc1oF5t8xxY?t=41

daveyg 5:32 Thu Feb 14
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
He's out training with the squad in Spain.
I think we need to keep Zabaletta on as a coach to help both Johnson and Fredricks progress.

Eggbert Nobacon 12:36 Mon Feb 11
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Alex

Serious question

why do you think not one other single club has ever followed your advice and brought through player after player after player?

I mean it ould make them 100's of millions so why have not one ever done it

ironsofcanada 7:11 Sun Feb 10
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Worst Case Ontario 7:09 Sun Feb 10

Ha.


(Still hurts a bit though)

Worst Case Ontario 7:09 Sun Feb 10
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)

ironsofcanada 3:40 Fri Feb 8

Bit obscure, that. You'd have done better to call him a drugs cheat.

ironsofcanada 4:46 Sun Feb 10
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Alex V 4:34 Sun Feb 10

"It's just not relevant to look at ex players for whom that process didn't happen, because of course if the club fails with them they will be failures."

Its a great argument you make, as you can never lose.

If a player comes good after he leaves, the club, not the player failed.

If player doesn't come good, the club failed, obviously.

It is a bit like a conspiracy, the lack of evidence for the conspiracy is "evidence" how good the conspiracy is at hiding evidence.

Alex V 4:34 Sun Feb 10
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
>>> there was plenty of expectation for Alex Pike a few years ago. Now he's 22 and hasnt had a club for a year. Really matters little how good you are as a youth, as has been proven at this club over and over again over the years.

I think you're looking at the results of a failure, and confusing the effect for the cause. This happens so often with discussion of youth issues here. If you smash a window it doesn't mean the window was always bad.

I think it absolutely does matter how good you are as a youth, but if you're not integrated with the seniors that potential will be wasted. It's just not relevant to look at ex players for whom that process didn't happen, because of course if the club fails with them they will be failures.

Gavros 7:01 Sat Feb 9
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
there was plenty of expectation for Alex Pike a few years ago. Now he's 22 and hasnt had a club for a year. Really matters little how good you are as a youth, as has been proven at this club over and over again over the years.

Lertie Button 6:50 Sat Feb 9
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Right we get he's well connected - Christmas must be great round his Ma's - but is he actually any good.
Even with our defensive injuries he wasn't exactly knocking the door down, which at 19 he should have been

AnotherDay_SameShit 8:09 Sat Feb 9
Re: Ben Johnson - our next right-back? (Sun article)
Let's get the current one (Fredericks) up and running first before worrying about the next big thing.

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