Glen Johnson

Position: Right Back
Joined: 12th July 2015
Fee: Free
Total Appearances: 0 [as at 08/08/15]
Goals: 0 [as at 08/08/15]
Career Path: West Ham United, Milwall (loan), Chelsea, Portsmouth (loan), Portsmouth, Liverpool, Stoke City

Starting his career at West Ham United in the Hammers’ youth system, Glen Johnson was in fact named after former England man, Glenn Hoddle by his parents. At the age of 15, almost 16, Johnson was given a professional contract with the club and handed the number 23 shirt. Struggling to break into the first team, he joined local rivals Milwall on loan, the club at the time in the Championship.

After his loan was extended twice from his impressive performances, Johnson was recalled by his parent club to make his Premier League debut on 22nd January 2003 against Charlton Athletic, replacing Edouard Cisse on 63 minutes.

It was a difficult season for the Hammers, and with a team containing the likes of Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole the club were relegated on the final day of the 2002/03 season in 18th place, also the last time Johnson, Cole and Defoe featured in the claret & blue.

Johnson, then aged just 18, became the first player to join the free-spending Abramovich revolution at Chelsea for £6 million on 15th July 2003, making his Chelsea debut on August 13th in the Champions League against Slovakian club MSK Zilina, scoring his first goal two weeks later in the home leg, scoring his first professional goal on the same day as former Stoke hardman Robert Huth.

His league debut came against Liverpool at Anfield, scoring his first league goal in a 5-0 win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. It was a solid season for Johnson and almost a perfect start to the Roman Abramovich era for Chelsea as they secured a runner-up spot in the Premier League. Johnson made a further 28 appearances in the 2004/05 season, even appearing in goal when Carlo Cudicini was sent off in an FA Cup game with Newcastle United; he didn’t concede any goals…but he was only in net for a few minutes.

The right back was a second half substitute in the League Cup final in 2005, picking up a winners medal when the Blues won on penalties, but in the 2005/06 he struggled with a thigh injury and fell out of favour, joining Portsmouth on a season-long loan the following season. The following season, Johnson made two appearances for Chelsea before joining Pompey on a permanent deal for £4 million on the August 2007 deadline day.

In 2008/09, whilst Stoke were bigging up Ricardo Fuller’s goal against Aston Villa on their debut game of the season as a contender for goal of the season, Johnson went one better and won the competition with a 30 yard strike against Hull City. Whilst at Portsmouth, Johnson shone at right back and cemented his place in the England national team, but despite solid performances for Pompey and a place in the PFA team of the year for 2008/09, Johnson was soon to be off to pastures new.

Credit: www.thisisanfield.com

Credit: www.thisisanfield.com

Now a Premier League winner, a League Cup winner, an FA Cup winner and holder of both goal of the season and a slot in the PFA team of the year, Johnson was hot property and linked with a move away from struggling Pompey. Liverpool (twice) and Chelsea came calling and in June 2009 for an estimated £17 million, the full back joined Liverpool with the £7 million in the sale of Peter Crouch going towards the transfer fee.

In ironic fashion, Johnson scored his first Liverpool goal on his league debut against none other than Stoke City in a 4-0 win at Anfield. A dependable attacking full-back, Johnson struggled with on and off injuries for Liverpool. Johnson picked up his second league cup winners medal in the 2011/12 season, scoring a goal in the penalty shootout against former club Chelsea. Another goal against Stoke came in the 2014/15 season, but in the summer he was released by Liverpool and joined the Potters on a two year deal.