Ben Johnson has signed a two-year contract extension with West Ham United this afternoon.
West Ham have exercised an option we had to extend his current deal by a further two years.
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Unfortunately for us, those talks came to nothing and as a result, the two-year option was activated by the East London outfit.
Many West Ham fans were pleased when they heard the news break this afternoon.
Johnson was set to be out of contract in the summer of this year and according to The Evening Standard, the Hammers have been in deep discussions with the 22-year-old over a new long-term deal.
Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool were all allegedly keen on signing the talented young defender (The Evening Standard).
On face value, it’s great that Johnson will be remaining at the London Stadium for at least another two years.
We believe that it has been handled really poorly from the club though…
Ben Johnson contract decision an absolute shocker
West Ham really haven’t been very good when it comes to tying down our best players to new deals recently.
You need look no further than Declan Rice for evidence of that. Do we just not pay players the going rate any more?
Johnson is an unreal talent and could be our right-back for the next decade at the very least.
He is quick, strong, possesses exceptional technique and is full of energy, athleticism and dynamism.
The 22-year-old is head and shoulders above Vladimir Coufal already and should be playing week in, week out.
Johnson deserves to be paid as much as many of the current first-team squad. It is clearly obvious to see that he wasn’t offered anywhere near what he deserves.
If he was, he would have signed a long-term deal with the club.
Perhaps Johnson isn’t happy with the minutes he is being given either. And as a result, maybe he has asked for more assurances of regular first-team football.
This is really poor from West Ham. We really should have been tying him down to at least a five-year contract.
If the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool are really interested in signing Ben Johnson, then a two-year contract extension will not be enough to ward them off.
The 22-year-old might be really annoyed by the way in which the Hammers have handled this and refuse to sign another deal. That would mean that we will lose him next year for a nominal fee or in 2024 for absolutely nothing.
Johnson is already good enough to be considered as a top-class Premier League right-back.
Surely David Moyes rates him highly considering how reluctant he usually is to throw young players into his starting XI.
Failing to offer Johnson a contract that he deserves sends out totally the wrong message and it could end up costing us dearly down the line.
The young defender won’t be happy about the lack of ambition and trust shown in him by the club’s owners and Moyes surely won’t be either.
There are those who will suggest that young players shouldn’t be given huge contracts too soon. But what’s the alternative? Lose said young player to a Premier League rival because we don’t have the ambition or the foresight to make him commit to a long-term contract?
This could end up being another PR disaster from West Ham United. We’re getting used to it now!