Ben Johnson is set to be rewarded after a run of fantastic performances with a new long-term contract at West Ham.
The 21-year-old, who opened the scoring in the 1-4 hammering of Aston Villa, contract expires at the end of this season and West Ham are keen to tie him down.
Johnson has been at the club since the age of seven and has now made the step up to becoming a first-team regular seem relatively easy playing with experience beyond his years with a number of assured defensive performances and hard-working displays.
West Ham full-back, Ben Johnson, is set to be given a new long-term contract at the Hammers with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2022.
The talented youngster has been given the opportunity to have a run in the starting XI in his preferred right-back role following injuries to Ryan Fredericks and the ever reliable, Vladimir Coufal. The academy graduate is versatile capable of playing either full-back role and is continuing to improve with every game. Manager, David Moyes, can simply not drop him from the line-up at the moment.
Speaking after the win at Villa Park, Johnson said, “it’s testament to the manager” that he has been playing so well, praising Moyes for his coaching and the confidence he has installed in him as well as the West Ham team.
Additionally, Johnson is becoming a popular figure amongst the West Ham fans, for example, like the on fire Jarrod Bowen. The travelling away supporters at Villa Park began to sing “Ben Johnson, he’s one of our own” after his goal and that once was again heard at full-time as Johnson jumped into the crowd to hug his friend from school who was supporting him.
This, on top of the team’s dancing celebration after his goal mimicking a video that circulated earlier in the week of a teenage Johnson dancing will only increase his popularity.
It’s of vital importance that West Ham secure a new deal for Johnson reflecting his new role in the Hammers‘ team as Moyes continues to build a young and enthusiastic squad.