David Moyes has given his compliments on the recent form of Ben Johnson as West Ham get set to face Spurs in a huge London derby.
Our Hammers head into the game knowing the pressure has now ramped up following results elsewhere in the Premier League, which have thrusted West Ham into the bottom three.
Momentum though is running high in east London of late, with Moyes’ side avoiding defeat on six out of the seven matches played this year in all competitions.
The trip to north London sees West Ham face an out of-sorts Spurs side, as the Scot looks to obtain some much needed points to continue the recent positive run.
A key component of late has been Ben Johnson, with the Academy of Football graduate stepping in well to cover for the injuries sustained to Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd – although Aguerd could well be involved against our bitter rivals later today.
Moyes has given special mention to Johnson, who’s solid performances have provided much needed stability despite being thrown into the action at short notice.
“I’ve got to say Ben’s come on and done well,” said the West Ham manager. “He’s training really well at the moment and he’s just got himself into a wee bit better place than a month or two ago, he’s looking a bit better.”
The boss has admitted that Johnsons form has given Moyes confidence that the defender can be called upon to step in a more central role going forward.
“I’ve got no qualms about playing Ben,” added Moyes. “He played at Derby and has had a few minutes since then so hopefully we can keep getting him some time.
“I think Ben’s got the capability of being a centre-back in a three or a full-back or a wing-back as well so he gives me that option.”