First Team Squad

Player profile and performance records.

Ben Johnson (Defender)

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Ben Johnson

London, England
Squad Number: 31
Position: Defender
Born: 24th Jan 2000 (London, England)
Signed: 24th Jan 2018 (£0)
Contract: 3 years + 2 year option (triggered February 2022)
Previous Club:

KUMB Awards: Young Player of the Year (third place) 2019/20.

Ben Johnson joined West Ham at the age of seven and excelled at every age group before signing his first pro contract at the age of 18 in January 2018.

The full back, who began his career as a winger made his first team debut in a Premier League fixture at Manchester City before being awarded a new three-year contract the following month.

Johnson comes from a family of footballers, counting former Manchester United and England full-back Paul Parker as his uncle and former England and Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King as one of his cousins.

He changed his squad number from #53 to #31 at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.

 

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-3: Sunday, 22nd May
(Played 9 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Coufal, 81) A cameo with no moments to remember.

vs Manchester City

2-2: Sunday, 15th May
(Played 0 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fornals, 90) Not on long enough to make an impression.

vs Norwich City

4-0: Saturday, 7th May

Did not play.

vs Eintracht Frankfurt

0-1: Thursday, 5th May
(Played 90 minutes)

The dart down the line after winning the ball back was game-changing, and should be a reminder to him that he can be a complete full back.

vs Eintracht Frankfurt

1-2: Thursday, 28th April
(Played 90 minutes)

The dart down the line after winning the ball back was game-changing, and should be a reminder to him that he can be a complete full back.

vs Chelsea

0-1: Sunday, 24th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Did really well in the role, a role that could really suit him. It's unclear whether he'll be there on Thursday, or part of a central pair, but he looked comfortable in a game where he was tested.

vs Burnley

1-1: Sunday, 17th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Sharpened his crossing as the game went on and defended Cornet well. But the error before the penalty was very poor basics.

vs Lyon

3-0: Thursday, 14th April
(Played 90 minutes)

The dart down the line after winning the ball back was game-changing, and should be a reminder to him that he can be a complete full back.

vs Lyon

1-1: Thursday, 7th April
(Played 45 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Benrahma, 46) It was a thankless task as that wing always had the spare man, but he looked a lot less secure out there. Hopefully the extra man next week will give him more protection, but it's a worry considering how heavily we favour the left side.

vs Tottenham

1-3: Sunday, 20th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Defended solidly and managed to do a good job on Reguilon. His caution on the ball matched well with Benrahma, who wanted it quickly and simply from his right back.

vs Seville

2-0: Thursday, 17th March
(Played 120 minutes)

Anthony Martial was a non-entity. Johnson was still a touch tentative on the ball, but his defending is exemplary. Whilst his game has that room for improvement, his defensive basics are excellent and he goes about his defending with a maturity beyond his years.

vs Aston Villa

2-1: Sunday, 13th March
(Played 90 minutes)

It seems to only be confidence holding Johnson back from becoming a complete full back. A touch more bravery on the ball and it would be hard to see Coufal coming back in. He defends superbly and is rarely worried.

vs Seville

0-1: Thursday, 10th March
(Played 90 minutes)

A touch tentative in possession, but such a sharp defender. His crossing was better than it has been in many of his appearances this season, and in the highest profile match of his career, Johnson showed how good a defender he is.

vs Liverpool

0-1: Saturday, 5th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Solid in defence but not great on the ball.

vs Southampton

1-3: Wednesday, 2nd March
(Played 90 minutes)

He is not well supported down the right, that has to be said, but it has got to a point where a ball out to Johnson, whether he is in space or not, feels like a diversion before possession or a threatening position is lost.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

1-0: Sunday, 27th February
(Played 90 minutes)

A better performance than his 45 minutes last week. Still not producing quite enough with crossing opportunities, but defensively so solid. Passed a bit better and made attempts to dribble down the line, rather than stopping and looking for the safe pass.

vs Newcastle United

1-1: Saturday, 19th February
(Played 45 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Ferdericks, 45) Both right backs got auditions to take Coufal?EUR(TM)s spot, and they both failed. Johnson looked short of ideas and confidence with the ball in the Newcastle half, but at least did his job defensively.

vs Leicester City

2-2: Sunday, 13th February

Did not play.

vs Watford

1-0: Tuesday, 8th February

Did not play.

vs Kidderminster Harriers

2-1: Saturday, 5th February
(Played 120 minutes)

Not a good game for Johnson, but he struggled with being on the wrong side. He does need to trust his left more, but he got into positions and made runs that Fredericks could not even though he was on his preferred flank.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Saturday, 22nd January

Did not play.

vs Leeds United

2-3: Sunday, 16th January

Did not play.

vs Norwich

2-0: Wednesday, 12th January

Did not play.

vs Leeds United

2-0: Sunday, 9th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Not perfect, by any means, but defended reasonably well and did offer a threat on the left. Sometimes he cuts back too often onto his right, when his left is good and he showed today that he can be effective with it.

vs Crystal Palace

3-2: Saturday, 1st January
(Played 90 minutes)

Under a lot of pressure, he was mostly good against Ayew but was turned a couple times and took a booking on one of them. Seemed to be taken off to protect the chance of a second yellow.

vs Watford

4-1: Tuesday, 28th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Did his job defensively and was much less adventurous down the flank than Masuaku. Helped the balance of the team, but his passing wasn?EUR(TM)t great and he does need to improve there.

vs Southampton

2-3: Sunday, 26th December

Did not play.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-2: Wednesday, 22nd December
(Played 90 minutes)

Has always looked a player who would be more than capable of player as part of a back three and the manager, who admitted the player may not have been fit enough to play this game, will be buoyed by the way Johnson fit in seamlessly to a new role. An option now that maybe wasn't there before.

vs Chelsea

3-2: Saturday, 4th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Defended reasonably well, but it?EUR(TM)s limiting for him on the ball. Injured just before half-time and probably be lucky to start a game now for some time with Coufal proving how important he is.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Wednesday, 1st December
(Played 90 minutes)

Will be frustrated the goal came down his side, but he had been good defensively for the other 89 minutes and wasn't the man easily beaten by Lamptey. Needs to improve in possession and it is that that will cost him his place. Looked more confident getting forward today, but then had to slow attacks to use his right.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th November
(Played 90 minutes)

His one-on-one defending was again strong and Sterling got little joy out of him. But he does lack a little going forward, whether it's the ambition to join every attack or his crossing into the box. Would be harsh to drop him, but you can see where Coufal improves on him.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 20th November
(Played 90 minutes)

There was no major threat that Johnson failed with, but the team struggled so badly that he never really got out to do more in the Wolves half. Credit for a lovely outside of the boot pass into the box late on. Ait Nouri's threat came from him escaping Bowen and a failed West Ham system that allowed the wingbacks an easy game. His passing out of defence could have been better, but the options were minimal.

vs Liverpool

3-2: Saturday, 6th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Caught out once, and it was an inch perfect ball. They tested him, the 10 clearances a sign of that, and he stood up to it. No attacking presence but that wasn?EUR(TM)t the game, and any doubts about him against high quality opponents are completely gone having kept Mane and Sterling quiet in recent weeks.

vs Aston Villa

4-1: Sunday, 31st October
(Played 90 minutes)

Excellent at both ends. You can?EUR(TM)t drop him right now, such are his performances. Defended Bailey so well, was good in the air snd the goal was absolutely superb. More tackles and more interceptions than anyone on the pitch.

vs Manchester City

0-0: Wednesday, 27th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Some absolutely vital interceptions catch the eye, but of more promise was how easily he handed Sterling in different situations. A very good defensive performance.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Sunday, 24th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Heung-Min Son drifted away from him and Reguilon never beat him one-on-one. Johnson was good in the air too, passed well in defence and looks in no way out of place making Premier League starts.

vs KRC Genk

3-0: Thursday, 21st October
(Played 90 minutes)

Looks to be growing into the shirt and improved in the final third in this game. Still more solid than spectacular, but certainly comfortable.

vs Everton

1-0: Sunday, 17th October
(Played 90 minutes)

A solid if unspectacular appearance, he proved there is more to his game than his very strong defensive work. He dribbled forward with ambition, but his crossing was reasonably poor. However, he managed to take all life out of Demarai Gray in the second half, no mean feat considering the form of the winger. And one cross-field ball with his weaker left foot was quite exquisite.

vs Brentford

1-2: Sunday, 3rd October
(Played 0 minutes, sub)

Did not play.

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 30th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Stuck to his task well at the back and was involved a lot going forward. Needs to work on that aspect of his game as his defensive fundamentals are solid.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Saturday, 25th September

Did not play.

vs Manchester United

1-0: Wednesday, 22nd September
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked like the pace had caught up with him as the game got to its later stages. The fresh legs and pace of Greenwood were too much for him on more than once occasion. However, he dovetailed well with Masuaku and put in a couple good balls with his left, as well as showing the desire to make runs and be a threat of his own.

vs Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th August

Did not play.

vs Leicester City

4-1: Monday, 23rd August

Did not play.

vs Newcastle United

4-2: Sunday, 15th August
(Played 0 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Antonio 90) Also brought on to waste time.

vs Celtic

6-2: Saturday, 24th July

(Replaced Antonio, 72) He's going to be in and around the first team squad once this year so like Coventry, it's important he's given time in pre-season. Not a huge influence on this one but solid as per usual.

vs Southampton

3-0: Sunday, 23rd May

Did not play.

vs West Bromwich Albion

3-1: Wednesday, 19th May

Did not play.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Saturday, 15th May

Did not play.

vs Burnley

2-1: Saturday, 1st May

Did not play.

vs Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 24th April
(Played 7 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fredericks, 83) Not much time to get on the ball and the game had been killed because Balbuena kicked the ball.

vs Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 17th April
(Played 90 minutes)

He was poor first half, the whole left side completely reshaped from the game before and the dynamism of it gone. He came into the game and looked more comfortable as a full-back rather than a wing-back. His crossing with his right was dangerous, although his shooting quite the opposite. There?EUR(TM)s a player in there and he?EUR(TM)s an asset to the squad.

vs Leicester City

3-2: Sunday, 11th April
(Played 8 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Noble, 82) Not his position, central midfield but he did what he could. He worked hard, covered Masuaku well on a couple occasions.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

3-2: Monday, 5th April
(Played 23 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Masuaku, 67) Looked lost in his position for a good 5-10 minutes after his introduction. Did his job after that but he doesn?EUR(TM)t have the ability of Masuaku to beat players and relieve pressure.

vs Arsenal

3-3: Saturday, 20th March

Did not play.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 14th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked lost in the system, especially in the second half where he spent about as much time looking to his manager for guidance as he did on the actual game.

vs Leeds United

2-0: Monday, 8th March
(Played 4 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Lingard, 86) Barely anything to do in a game with little time left and all the energy sucked from it.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked like the step up in quality against City was a little too much for him. His passing suffered, he made some sloppy errors that looked anxious, and a few times it was clear Mahrez was too good for him. It also hamstrung the team a touch, the left side is usually quite attacking but today was poor.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Saturday, 20th February
(Played 8 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fornals, 82) There to make it harder for Bale down the right. Did his work diligently in his brief time on the pitch.

vs Sheffield United

3-0: Monday, 15th February
(Played 90 minutes)

He showed his one-on-one defending is strong and resilient, whilst showing good feet on the ball. Not quite a Masuaku wing back, but more adept than Cresswell and dribbles well.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Tuesday, 9th February
(Played 75 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Diop, 45) He showed a confidence and ease on the ball that has not been on show from him before. He looked comfortable running players and didn?EUR(TM)t just play safe and easy passes. It was a game where he looked a real talent on the ball, and one that gives hope he really will be a future West Ham starter.

vs Fulham

0-0: Saturday, 6th February

Did not play.

vs Aston Villa

3-1: Wednesday, 3rd February
(Played 3 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Benrahma, 87) Time enough for one touch.

vs Liverpool

1-3: Sunday, 31st January

Did not play.

vs Crystal Palace

3-2: Tuesday, 26th January

Did not play.

vs Doncaster Rovers

4-0: Saturday, 23rd January
(Played 90 minutes)

Solid defensively, linked well forward.

vs West Bromwich Albion

2-1: Tuesday, 19th January

Did not play.

vs Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 16th January

Did not play.

vs Stockport County

1-0: Monday, 11th January
(Played 73 minutes)

There was no space to overlap, so attacking was difficult for the full backs. Even more so if you're playing on your weaker side. He struggled a little at both ends, but this was a good test and experience for him.

vs Everton

1-0: Friday, 1st January

Did not play.

vs Southampton

0-0: Tuesday, 29th December

Did not play.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Saturday, 26th December
(Played 90 minutes)

His attacking play was more limited than Masuaku, and it showed the importance of playing the right players in the right roles to make systems work, but early in the second half he made the effort to get into the box as an attacking threat. At the time, it seemed almost pointless, but his desire to do that was rewarded the second time when he did excellently to score. He was also very good defensively and it is clear that this is a young player who has the ability to play in the Premier League.

vs Chelsea

0-3: Monday, 21st December

Did not play.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Friday, 11th December
(Played 5 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Bowen, 85) Quietly slotted into the left wing back spot and did his job.

vs Manchester United

1-3: Saturday, 5th December
(Played 5 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Coufal, 85) Can only presume Coufal was injured and Moyes chose to stick with a like-for-like move.

vs Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 28th November

Did not play.

vs Leicester City

3-0: Sunday, 4th October

Did not play.

vs Everton

1-4: Wednesday, 30th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Stayed reasonably defensive throughout and showed restraint.

vs Hull City

5-1: Tuesday, 22nd September
(Played 90 minutes)

Stayed reasonably defensive throughout and showed restraint.

vs Charlton Athletic

3-0: Tuesday, 15th September
(Played 83 minutes)

An easy night for Johnson, who mainly made runs to support the dribbling of Yarmolenko. Should have won a penalty.

vs Newcastle United

0-2: Saturday, 12th September

Did not play.

vs Wycombe Wanderers

5-1: Tuesday, 25th August
(Played 90 minutes)

n/a

Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 26th July

Defensively very good, using his strength well and pace, but deserves praise for overlapping down the left and whipping in some fantastic crosses on his weaker foot. Looks the best full back at the club, currently.

Manchester United

1-1: Wednesday, 22nd July

Probably standing up already as the best defensive full back in the squad. Very restrained going forward but showed his promise with one gorgeous cross on the volley. Doesn’t look at all out of place.

Watford

3-1: Friday, 17th July

His covering behind the centre backs was top notch, especially as he showed his pace to match runs from Welbeck and others. Looked to have a little more composure going forward than Ngakia too. Could save the club a lot of money.

Norwich City

4-0: Saturday, 11th July

Did not play. * Other unused subs: Manuel Lanzini, Albian Ajeti.

Burnley

0-1: Wednesday, 8th July

Did not play.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 4th July

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Chelsea

3-2: Wednesday, 1st July

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-2: Tuesday, 23rd June

Did not play.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-2: Saturday, 20th June

Did not play.

Arsenal

0-1: Saturday, 7th March

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Liverpool

2-3: Monday, 24th February

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Leicester City

1-4: Wednesday, 22nd January

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Everton

1-1: Saturday, 18th January

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Bournemouth

4-0: Wednesday, 1st January

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Leicester City

1-2: Saturday, 28th December

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Crystal Palace

1-2: Thursday, 26th December

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Chelsea

1-0: Saturday, 30th November

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Saturday, 23rd November

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Burnley

0-3: Saturday, 9th November

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 19th October

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Newport County

2-0: Tuesday, 27th August

Did not play.

Hertha Berlin

5-3: Wednesday, 31st July

Constantly targeted by today's opponents, who frequently saw fit to play long balls over his head.

Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 27th July

Match notes to follow.

Manchester City

1-4: Wednesday, 17th July

No notable error. Good to see Pellegrini taking a closer look at his in pre-season.

Southampton

3-0: Saturday, 4th May

Could you have more daunting a full Premier League debut? Yet he was only real beaten once, Sterling’s fresh legs and burst of pace getting beyond him, and he stood up to Mahrez. Mahrez was poor and subbed, Johnson should take a lot of pride in that.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Saturday, 27th April

Could you have more daunting a full Premier League debut? Yet he was only real beaten once, Sterling’s fresh legs and burst of pace getting beyond him, and he stood up to Mahrez. Mahrez was poor and subbed, Johnson should take a lot of pride in that.

Manchester United

1-2: Saturday, 13th April

Could you have more daunting a full Premier League debut? Yet he was only real beaten once, Sterling’s fresh legs and burst of pace getting beyond him, and he stood up to Mahrez. Mahrez was poor and subbed, Johnson should take a lot of pride in that.

Manchester City

0-1: Wednesday, 27th February

Could you have more daunting a full Premier League debut? Yet he was only real beaten once, Sterling’s fresh legs and burst of pace getting beyond him, and he stood up to Mahrez. Mahrez was poor and subbed, Johnson should take a lot of pride in that.

Shrewsbury Town

1-0: Tuesday, 16th January

Did not play.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Thursday, 4th January

Did not play.

Bournemouth

3-3: Tuesday, 26th December

Did not play.

Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 23rd December

Did not play.

Manchester City

1-2: Sunday, 3rd December

Did not play.
Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.

Ben Johnson did not play for West Ham during this season.