Ben Johnson has spoken of his recent resurgence at West Ham as talks over a new contract linger.
Johnson has proved his versatility in recent weeks, impressing in central midfield in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, Johnson started on the right wing as part of West Ham’s attack away at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The 24 year old, who has been at West Ham since the age of 7, and is closing in on 100 first team appearances for the Hammers, has been the subject of much transfer speculation over the past few months. He is out of contract in the summer and is said to have turned down two contract extension offers from the club, wanting assurances about his playing time.
Following the defeat against Manchester United, David Moyes praised Johnson’s adaptability and his ability to play as a ‘hybrid player’ within the West Ham squad.
Speaking to the club’s Official Website after the game against the Red Devils, Johnson said: “I like to think I’m willing to learn and I can do the job. I want to fill in wherever the team needs me and do the best I can.”
He went on to add: “I can definitely take some positives from Old Trafford. I feel like there were some good performances across the group out there and, personally, I just want to keep going and enjoying my football.”
Reflecting on the defeat at Old Trafford, and looking ahead to Sunday’s meeting with Arsenal at the London Stadium, Johnson said: “We’re going to watch it back, try our best in the next game and hopefully we can be on the front foot and get the first goal.”
With Johnson having impressed in recent weeks with his performances, highlighting his versatility and ability to slot in a number of positions if needed, West Ham will be hoping they can tie the 24 year old down to a new long term contract, and ward off interest from the number of Premier League, Championship and European clubs reportedly hoping to secure Johnson’s signature over the summer should he be available on a free transfer.
Written by Finlay Jackson