Underrated Glen Johnson

12 Sep

Underrated  Glen Johnson

Liverpool and England right back Glen Johnson has made tremendous progress during his time at Anfield but still doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Johnson seems to be one of those players that is overlooked regarding his performances, probably because he is so consistent.

Johnson has been an England and Liverpool regular and now at the age of 29 both England and Liverpool are seeing the best of him. Johnson is quick and dangerous going forward and weighs in with a few goals from his attacking exploits.

Johnson had been criticised for his defending in the past but not so much nowadays. His defending is first class and not many attackers get behind him. Johnson makes last ditch tackles to prevent the opposition scoring on countless occasions and he recently picked up an injury after applying a full blooded, bone crunching tackle on Manchester United’s Patrice Evra which unfortunately will keep him out for several weeks of action.

You don’t realise how much you miss someone until their unavailable and Liverpool will appreciate this with Johnson’s injury. The obvious replacement for Johnson will be Andre Wisdom but he still lacks experience and it was recently rumoured that he might have went out on loan to another club to gain the necessary experience until Sebastian Coates suffered a season ending injury.

Martin Kelly is still recovering from his long term injury as he struggles for match fitness and so Liverpool could find Johnson’s injury a real problem.

Johnson’s versatility has also seen him play at left back where he has displayed just as much consistency as on the right. Johnson’s experience is valuable to the younger players coming through too and there will be a lack of experience down the right side of Liverpool’s defence in the coming weeks that could pose a problem.

I was never that keen on Johnson’s arrival to Anfield and the expensive price tag didn’t help on my assumption. But it is never a player’s fault that a club is prepared to pay “silly” money for them, but it can cause problems of expectancy from supporters.

I thought Johnson was poor at defending and never created enough going forward but during his Anfield career I have been proved wrong and appreciate him now as a top class defender. But Johnson still doesn’t receive the recognition his talent deserves and it is about time he was appreciated.

Probably Glen Johnson likes it the way the spotlight is never on him as he continues quietly performing consistently for club and country. It’s just a shame he will need to wait a few weeks to continue his tremendous form.

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6 Responses to “Underrated Glen Johnson”

  1. shawnreid September 12, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    God help us all if Glen Johnson is a top class defender

  2. aslark@h2o-ltd.co.uk September 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    How much did LFC pay for him then? I always rated him personally and don’t recall us paying OTT.

  3. Joe September 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    I’d say start Wisdom, Kelly’s probably not ready to be thrown into the deep end after a year out.. So Wisdom, and if we need some more attacking threat from the fullback as a match wears on, I’d like to see us maybe bringing on Ilori to try and create some more width.. He would bring pace to the side and his technical play is arguably pretty good technical ability for a defender, and would see him get some much needed first team experience!

  4. aslark@h2o-ltd.co.uk September 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    ouch! £18.5 I assumed he was £8 or £9…its a good job hes worked out well then for that outlay!

  5. Damo September 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Underrated!

  6. Mike September 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    This is a poorly written, basic article. No depth or insight.

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