By Pranav Shahaney

20th Oct, 2021 | 8:10am

West Ham Super Fans want Ben Johnson to start v Genk

This is part of a regular series from our panel of West Ham Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around the London Stadium. You can join in the discussion on our West Ham Zone Facebook page.

Ben Johnson started at right-back for West Ham in their 1-0 win over Everton on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was thrown into the playing eleven by David Moyes after both Vladimir Coufal and Ryan Fredericks were unavailable due to groin injuries.

Johnson put in a terrific shift on the right side and did not make the Hammers feel like they were missing Coufal.

With the Europa League fixture against Genk on Thursday, Moyes may be forced into starting the youngster again.

However, Ryan Fredericks has been showing signs of recovery and may be in contention for the game. [Claret and Hugh]

That said, the fans are still huge admirers of Johnson and believe that he’s the second choice right-back and want him to start over Fredericks for the game.

Here’s what they said:

Must start

Johnson has shown great maturity in the past few games and has stepped up perfectly in the absence of Coufal.

Even if it was Aaron Cresswell who got injured, we believe that he would’ve performed just as well at left-back.

The club have got a real talent in Johnson on their hands and it’s imperative that they do whatever they can to keep him at the London Stadium.

Like Rice, he’s a great example of the work the academy coaches put in day in and day out and we want Johnson to become the first-choice right-back in a couple of years.

He’s got everything it takes to get there and we believe that he’s rated exceptionally highly by the people at the club.

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