It appears as though the West Ham United futures of Conor Coventry and Ben Johnson have been decided.
There has to come a point when decisions are made on certain players who have come through the Hammers academy.
And it seems like now is that time for the right-back and the central midfielder.
The news is not good for either Johnson or Coventry…
West Ham United futures of Conor Coventry and Ben Johnson have been decided
According to Sean Whetstone, the two 23-year-olds will be released when their contracts expire in the summer of 2024.
That really is no surprise is it.
In fact, it’s a decision that should have been made a lot sooner in my personal opinion – like last year.
Johnson began his Hammers career in fine fashion but sadly for him, he has regressed badly over the past 12 months or so.
Meanwhile, Coventry has shown absolutely nothing to suggest that he has what it takes to make it in the Premier League.
Sometimes West Ham have a habit of holding onto young players for far too long. There is absolutely no room for sentimentality at the very highest level of the game.
If you are good enough as a young player, you will get game-time at the London Stadium – just look at Declan Rice for evidence of that.
And the cold harsh truth of the matter is that neither Johnson or Coventry are good enough to be playing football at the top level. A move away to another club (probably in the Championship) will do wonders for both of them.