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Tottenham legend thinks West Ham have a very special defender on our hands

Tottenham legend Ledley King has absolutely raved about West Ham United defender Ben Johnson.

Ex-Tottenham star King was speaking to Sun Sport about Johnson’s recent rise to prominence at the London Stadium.

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The one time Spurs captain is Johnson’s cousin so he obviously knows all about the Hammers ace’s character and personality, as well as his footballing ability.

The 22-year-old has established himself as a first-team regular at West Ham this season and he is clearly rated very highly by David Moyes and obviously his cousin – former Tottenham star Ledley King.

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He is widely regarded to be one of the best two young talents to have come through the ranks at West Ham over the past decade, alongside Declan Rice of course.

And it seems as though Johnson is very highly-rated outside of the London Stadium as well…

Tottenham legend thinks West Ham have a great player on our hands

Ledley King is a huge fan of Hammers ace Ben Johnson.

The former Tottenham man is cousins with the West Ham defender.

And King raved about Johnson, when speaking to Sun Sport:

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“What I do like about Ben is that he is a footballer, first and foremost, which means he is able to play in different positions. In a way I started off like that. In my first game I got brought on at left-back and then Hoddle started playing me in midfield – but I always knew I was a defender. Ben’s versatile, good with both feet, has good balance and he’s a good size. In the modern game, especially in a back three, he could be one of the centre-backs. There’s probably fewer aerial duels now than there was 20 years ago, you don’t have to be as big and physical so he can do that. He’s improving each season. West Ham have had a good season. They’ve done well at combining the league and the Europa League. Ben is establishing himself in the first-team.”

Ledley King has got this one absolutely spot on.

Johnson could be a future CB

Johnson is an incredible talent. We think that he might evolve into a centre-back for West Ham.

The one thing that he does lack is a final delivery and he obviously won’t need to be whipping balls into the box if he plays as a central defender.

Tottenham legend Ledley King believes that Johnsons’s future with West Ham may well lie in central defence.

And we tend to agree with him.

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