Stuart Pearce raves about West Ham youngster Ben Johnson
Stuart Pearce has showered heaps of praise on youngster Ben Johnson after West Ham won their Carabao Cup tie against holders Manchester City on Wednesday.
After a pulsating 90-minute contest that ended in 0-0, West Ham earned a 5-3 victory on penalties in front of a full-packed stadium.
Mark Noble, Jarrod Bowen, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell and Said Benrahma scored from the spot as the Hammers moved into the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup competition.
Johnson has been a real find at West Ham. What a talent he is! He has been one of the stand-out performers from the game, and even Declan Rice praised him on Twitter.
The 21-year-old is one of the best young talents to have emerged out from the club’s academy in recent years. Pearce has hailed him as a “wonderful” professional.
“Well, the most important thing about Ben is whenever you pass him or meet him first thing in the morning, he’s got a smile on his face. He takes in all the knowledge you can pass on to him,” said Pearce to Football.London.
“He’s a wonderful professional to deal with and work with. We’re very proud to have him out of our academy system as well, which is a real plus for us. Especially with the connection to this club with the Academy.
“And I think he’s just developing and getting better and better and like with all young players, the more game time they have, the better they’ll get so I am delighted for the boy.”
The best feature about Johnson’s game is that he is fearless. The right-back was up against Raheem Sterling, and not for a second, he looked out of place.
He dealt with the England winger comfortably. If he keeps on performing at this level, he has the potential to be a top-class player in the future.
The fact that we are yet to concede with him shows how brilliant he has been so far.
The Athletic journalist, Roshane Thomas, posted a brilliant message on Johnson after yesterday’s performance. He suggested that the youngster was flawless, and he’s absolutely spot on.
West Ham are playing with loads of confidence at the moment, and there is a genuine feel-good vibe about the place.
The Hammers are fourth in the Premier League table at the moment. They have won all of their Europa League games so far and are expected to progress through to the next round easily.
West Ham will face Aston Villa in their next Premier League game on Sunday at Villa Park.
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