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Johnson's Career Going Forward

Johnson's Career Going Forward

Another Pompey player in the news is Glen Johnson, currently enjoying a highly successful time at Fratton Park following his loan arrival from defending Premiership Champions Chelsea.

Johnson, who knows Harry Redknapp from their time together at West Ham United, with whom he would be a youngster at the time, although with him still unbelievably being only 22-years-old with him seeming to have been around for years he is hardly an old man is he!

Having made only 15 first team appearances for West Ham between 2001 and 2003 the England International right-back would make the move to Chelsea for a massive £6 million when former boss Claudio Ranieri signed him as the first purchase under the Roman Abramovich reign. Most of Johnson's appearances at Chelsea so far would come under Ranieri, and although Jose Mourinho is said to rate Johnson highly he has always struggled to make an impression under the "Special One".

Redknapp snapped up Johnson in the summer on a season long loan move, which many have viewed as a step backwards for Johnson, who himself would be totally opposed to the suggestion.

How can a loan move to a club that will give him regular first team football, therefore enhancing is possibility of an England recall (having won the first of his so far five caps in November 2005) be viewed as a step backwards? Chelsea are a massive club but would he rather warm the bench watching even more players likely to come in ahead of him or turn out week in week out at a "smaller" club in Pompey... tough call but I think his decision speaks for itself.

It is likely that he will return to Chelsea in the summer of 2007 but if his loan could be made permanent I'd have no problems with this, I would more than welcome it. Unless he really knew he would get regular first team action at Stamford Bridge I would go as far as saying he would be willing to make the move permanent too...

Johnson would also speak about the training facilities Pompey currently have available, which we all know are not quite what he, and the other star arrivals are used to, however this is not a problem for the man more than used to these types of surroundings following his own upbringing.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday September 19 2006
Time: 12:40PM


He has proved his credentials and also Harrys keen eye for quality. Another reason why we are currently elevated in the table at this moment of time. But let's be serious we possibly might be top in September but as October bows out I would be thinking we will be 5th - and happy at that.
19/09/2006 13:55:00
Is there a live coverage of tonigts carling cup match??
19/09/2006 15:01:00
A good acquisition should he wish to sign permanently IMO.
19/09/2006 16:08:00
Considering Johnson's comments, I think we have a better chance now than when we actually signed him to resign him on a permanant basis. Hopefully he will come to realise that his chances would be limited at Chelsea and that his England chances are boosted here under Harry's guidance. Would hate to see him to a Smertin...
19/09/2006 19:47:00
I think he will sign, and more importantly not because chelsea want shot of him because he'd want to...
19/09/2006 23:48:00
Let's hope Chelski don't want something daft for him.
20/09/2006 21:14:00
If they only wanted £5m for Duff after shelling out £17m only a few years earlier I can't see them asking stupid money...
20/09/2006 23:16:00
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