West Ham youngster Ben Johnson was handed a surprise debut in last night’s Premier League clash with Manchester City.
With Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku absent, Manuel Pellegrini had to call upon Johnson at left-back.
Naturally a right-back, the 19-year-old became West Ham’s first ever Premier League player born in the 21st century. And it was an assured debut by Johnson, who was thrown in at the deep end against the Premier League champions.
Ben Johnson’s debut in numbers
Johnson started against Pep Guardiola’s side and played 62 minutes before being replaced by ex-Man City hero Pablo Zabaleta.
With one tackle, one interception and three clearances (Who Scored), the teenage defender proved he could hold his own in the Premier League.
Johnson also linked up quite well with Felipe Anderson down the left wing, completing just under 80 per cent of his passes (Who Scored).
The West Ham academy graduate was handed a tough challenge and he coped with the occasion admirably before he felt his calf in the second half.
Below are some opinions from West Ham fans discussing Johnson’s debut.
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— Lee Woolward (@Leewoolward) February 27, 2019
Bright future ahead for him! ⚒
— Hayden Evz ⚒ (@HaydenEvz) February 27, 2019
Did very well . Especially when you think he has been playing right back all season and is right football. Think we can let zab go now as Johnson will be great cover for the very impressive Frederick's ⚒️
— ToneHammer (@tone_hammer) February 27, 2019
A manager that plays our young players. Finally. Great job Ben ⚒️
— Jack Elderton (@Jack_PBlue) February 27, 2019
he was good I felt, bit out of depth but no shock, far exceeded everyone's expectations. If you're reading this la, well in
— Bienvenue Kikwit (@BeatTheBatak) February 27, 2019
Thought he played pretty well considering, some decent link up play with Anderson when he went forward as well
— The Real Calleri (@WHULUVA) February 27, 2019
Ben Johnson >>> Glen Johnson
— My Polish Prince (@Polish__Prince1) February 28, 2019
What a scary game to have to make your debut in. But how well he took his opportunity.
— Spyinthesky (@spyinthesky) February 27, 2019