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Misfit

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It wasn't a season for the ages but very decent and it was just his first season. Expect to see much more from him next season now the bedding in has occurred.
 

Cornpattbuck

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And played 842 minutes more

1 g/a per 117 mins. Johnson 139 mins per g/a

mad to compare the stats alone imo

With Saka an established player in a better and more settled team etc...

Anyway, Johnson is Johnson and, while he has plenty of room to grow, he seems to have the appetite and intelligence to improve quickly.

There were a number of games last season where Postecoglou was audibly ordering him to stay high and wide when he wanted to move inside and help the team out etc, so it was clearly something being worked on in a live environment at times. 🙏
 

arunspurs

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I like Brennan but think for the money we paid we could have signed someone with more “threat” to his overall game

At the moment he plays like a wing version of a young Dele with a knack of arriving in the box at the right time but lacking in overall play and menace on and off the ball in general

On the ball, when he is in space, he is a threat. His goal contribution of 15 came in a season where we didnt have proper no9 upfront for most of the season. At times, he had to play in LW which is not his natural spot.

Aaron Lennon , one of our prolific RW in last 2 decades...in his 10 yr career at Spurs, most PL goal contribution in a season he had was 13 - This was in a time, we had likes of Defoe, Bale, Berba. Johnson in his first season has 15 goal contribution, far better than Lennon ever did for us.

So, lets not belittle his contributions. Johnson can only get better. We dont need a winger to dance on the ball with flicks & tricks but go nowhere. We need forwards who create & score which Johnson been doing
 

Bluto Blutarsky

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One of the reasons I like Johnson, and why I think he has room to improve - after he scored a goal earlier this year - might have been his first - but he made a comment about how he was told he needs to make those far-post runs and be there for the cross. He had missed one in a previous game, and it was obviously addressed with him - in terms of expectations.

That is a player who is being coached, and is taking that coaching on board, and working to make himself better within the system/tactics.

I think a player who works at his craft, will continue to get better as he matures physically, and mentally - gaining the kind of confidence I think most want to see from a winger.
 
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Now it's Spursonal

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Genuinely baffled that some people can't see how good he is and how good he can be. Think he's a class act and only going to get better.
If we works hard on his back-post finishing over the offseason then he could quite easily be a double digit goals and assists player.

Not qualifying for the Euro's could actually be a big boost to him if he uses the time wisely.
 

E17yid

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Genuinely baffled that some people can't see how good he is and how good he can be. Think he's a class act and only going to get better.
I love Johnson as he has the 2 best qualities any individual could possess. He’s Welsh and he likes Wu-Tang. On that basis alone he gets a huge pass from me but I can’t lie, while I think he’s had a solid debut season, I can’t help but look at him and think he’ll be nothing more than a squad player for us that we’ll end up selling, or trying to sell, in 3 or 4 years.

I’m torn on it though, as you rightly say, the signs are there and the other good news is that I don’t have a clue what I’m on about so there’s that as well.
 

keithtighe93

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Difficult one.

I was very down on him initially but he did clearly improve to his credit. He is quite likeable in some ways, but in others can be so frustrating.

He doesn’t quite pass the eye test for me, but he does get into good positions. He missed a lot of sitters, so if he can rectify that and get something like 10G & 12A next season, well then that’s very good numbers IMO.

It’s a conundrum, but he’s young and you would expect he’ll improve. Fingers crossed, he has the tools
 

The Scarecrow

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Genuinely baffled that some people can't see how good he is and how good he can be. Think he's a class act and only going to get better.
Yeah, I think he showed a lot of potential this season. He's not the finished article yet, few are at 23, but he's got physical attributes that are unteachable, and that's always a good base for improvement.
 

Bluto Blutarsky

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I can’t help but look at him and think he’ll be nothing more than a squad player for us that we’ll end up selling, or trying to sell, in 3 or 4 years.
It’s all good.

If we have a “squad player” capable of 20+ goals plus assists, we are going to walk the league.
 

newbie

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Needs to be braver and believe he belongs in a good team

100 percent he also needs to fight harder, when he is fired up his a lot better, to many times his offered nothing and lets people beat him, has not got to balls he shoudl have dont and not tracked back.

he def has talent and pace
 

Styopa

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Genuinely baffled that some people can't see how good he is and how good he can be. Think he's a class act and only going to get better.

I think he can look a bit lightweight and drift in and out of matches. I think that’s why some people tend to find him a bit frustrating at times.

For me though he just has that look of class about him and the knack for turning up in the right places.

I would be more worried if he was a busy, brave player but lacked a bit of quality than having the quality but lacking a bit of confidence and aggression.

I feel like as the season progressed he imposed himself more on matches and expect to continue to develop in this respect next season.
 

E17yid

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It’s all good.

If we have a “squad player” capable of 20+ goals plus assists, we are going to walk the league.
I was going to add that by no means does being a squad player mean he’s not going to be useful to us and if we can find another level as a club then Johnson as a bench option is very good.
 

chas vs dave

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I thought he was decent last season. He needs to be a bit more aggressive, he did this vs villa away, so the signs are there.

He's young, and he didn't really have a proper preseason with us. Hopefully some time with the coaching staff will help him develop.
 

rossdapep

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Genuinely baffled that some people can't see how good he is and how good he can be. Think he's a class act and only going to get better.
Agreed.

My favourite is that assist against Palace.

He made that goal by his persistence and determination which showed he isn't soft as some called him earlier.

Think he was just finding his way after injury and a new club
 

purplemonkey

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Let’s not forget that he’s had to adapt to a completely different style of football as well. Forest were one of the most direct teams in the country under Cooper and he was their biggest weapon as an out ball to spring counter attacks and drag them up the pitch with deep runs. He topped the league for his ball carrying distance stats, and for shots and goals scored from fast breaks. Forest had the league’s lowest average possession at 38% (we have the second highest at 62%) and the data also showed that he had the fewest average number of passing options when he was in possession following a ball carry. His positioning and his duties on and off the ball are a world apart here, where he’s facing low blocks and he’s tasked with playing more of a provider role from out wide.
 

purplemonkey

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I just noticed that all of his goals and the majority of his assists came in the opening or closing 5-10 mins of a half. Most of them were decisive too. Says a lot for his mentality and ability to keep delivering in clutch moments, but further to my previous post it also demonstrates that he’s currently most effective when the game is stretched, more loose and the opposition is less settled.

As an impact sub though he’s probably as good as it gets - and to be fair, Ange has insinuated that they had probably planned for a transition season where he would’ve played more of a role from the bench until injuries forced him into the team sooner than we’d have liked. Great experience for him though and it would have benefited his development tremendously.
 
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