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Move to Pompey revitalised Johnson

Move to Pompey revitalised Johnson

Glen Johnson has received many plaudits from us and his fellow professionals - not all club team mates either - recently, when it has to be said initially more than a few of us were 'unsure' on his re-arrival last summer... but how wrong we were.

As Tony Adams has told The News he feels that his upturn in form is due mainly to him feeling wanted at Pompey after overcoming his Chelsea 'rejection' and finding his confidence again, and this - along with a greater maturity - has seen him improve as a defender: 'Glen's playing very well. He's doing great.

'I think you have got to keep him focused, especially defensively.

'It's about giving him pure, honest confidence. You can get praise and get carried away but the kid's got to be looked after and handled right after what he has gone through.

'I think he got knocked at Chelsea - they knocked his confidence.

'We try to put our arm round him, have a chat, look after him. I think Glen works like that.

'I would say defensively he has improved this year. If anything, last season he had complications about his positioning. There was a little bit of when you are good you want to show it, but there are times and places to do that.

'It's all about maturity and experience. The more you do it, the more you play in it, the more you are shown it. Then he's only going to improve.'

It is hard to disagree with what Adams has said really, as he has told it as it is.

He did also say that Johnson has to 'remain grounded' as if he lets things go to his head all this good work will be undone - besides he also said that he still has things to learn, which he does.

Johnson has been fantastic though since his return, I am almost amazed at how good his defending has become, as it was not really the strongest was it. He appears to now have he right balance of defence and attack, and 'should' only get better.

Being at Villa Park last week I was able to see the whole picture - and plenty of people were watching him closely and he was being spoken about by Villa fans, remember I had to sit in with those fellas - and it was a pleasure to see how he coped with another enormously talented footballer Ashley Young, he did not give him a sniff all game.

I am not saying that Gary Neville is 'finished' but I think his better days are well and truly behind him - plus he is still injured - and with Micah Richards likely to be viewed as a central defender more in the future the right back spot for England could be Johnson's for a long time if he keeps playing like he is - I would be amazed if he is not recalled into the next England squad though.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday December 14 2007
Time: 12:50PM

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I have to admit I was one of the people surprised at us bringing him down here after his loan spell, and at the time I thought we paid too much. Looking at him now, he is clearly in superb form as you say, with his previously questioned defensive abilities very much in evidence as well as retaining great skills going forward. The price tag now seems a bargain (I mean, how much was paid for Curtis Davies?!), and like you say, he should surely be knocking on the door of the national team - especially with a new man who's got plenty of time to review our nations players taking the reins.
Tantona
14/12/2007 13:14:00
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I wasn't a fan of his last year either, but I am converted now, and this is another one looking for an England call-up. I heard he might be an injury doubt for tomorrow - I think we'd really miss him if he doesn't play.
tracyc
14/12/2007 13:17:00
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He is a class act, and once his positional sense is sortes out, along with Richards he will be the best right back in the country. Lets hope Capello is not frightened to travel to Fratton and have a look at him.
Owenspompey
14/12/2007 15:05:00
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if capello does travel to fratton to watch him he will notice a few quality english players wont he... he has a 'liking' for a defensive midfielder doesnt he, maybe it wont happen but if davis can get back into the side and plays like he has been then maybe he could get a look-in? johnson is a near cert - at this point in time - to be in the next squad surely?
pompeyrug
14/12/2007 15:20:00
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Davies was bought for 9 mill and rarely plays Johnson for 4 and setting the world ablaze, he is surely the signing of the season for us
whitestones
14/12/2007 15:21:00
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He is playing very well this year, eating my close season words, but hey, i dont mind, he was bad the end of last season, but he's doing great so far this season.
pompey4me
14/12/2007 17:33:00
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Signs are good from Johnson he still has a lot to learn and the season is not yet half way through .. but what better place to develop along Sol & Dist and under the guidence of Adams... If he learns from them he'll become a legend..
Chix
15/12/2007 09:02:00
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