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Fulham - Is Johnson Done?

Fulham - Is Johnson Done?

The last two days have been very busy for Fulham, and, relatively positive. We managed to overturn our slump in form with an albeit fortunate victory over Portsmouth and have seen our new loanees prove their worth to the side.

One piece of news that has been rather saddening, however, is that of Andy Johnson's current injury problems, with the former Everton man heading off to the United States of America for surgery from the rather notorious Doctor Steadman.

It hurts me to think it, bearing in mind his huge 8 digit transfer fee, but the once England international really hasn't impressed me since arriving during Roy Hodgson's first Summer at Fulham.

For the most of 2008/09 he was our leading striker and the man we looked at for goals, but as 2009/10 came round, injury came-a-knocking and he hasn't been the same since.

With fitness and age getting the better of him, would some say it is time to offload him or consider, as a minimum, replacing him?

The fact of the matter stands that an injured player is a useless player, and buying second rate strikers from clubs that currently hold a similar position in the table to ourselves is surely a weak statement to make.

Of course, the 28 year old has his positive points, such as his fine finishing and abundance of pace. They, of course though, cannot be exploited when a crocked knee limits his presence on the pitch.

One final point to mention is Roy Hodgson's acquisition of Stefano Okaka. Whilst the Italy under-21 International has only been brought in on a temporary basis, I feel the intention still stands to bring him in when Summer arrives.

Whilst he failed to impress in his debut against Portsmouth, the 20 year-old clearly possess a substantial amount of potential, which could well be enough to over rule Johnson's first team place within a matter of a year or two anyway.

This is, however, the opinion of a man now tired and frustrated with injury. Perhaps you guys could shed some positive light on the situation?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Kristian Balkin
Date:Thursday February 4 2010
Time: 6:52PM


I guess that Dr Richard Steadman is the best person to answer your question. I expect that we'll have an answer in the morning.
04/02/2010 20:05:00
dont think we will see him again this season
truth sayer ffc
04/02/2010 20:06:00
this season is a complete write off for AJ and last year wasn't exactly great either. Hopefully he'll be back for next year and can justify his price tag. As far as Okaka is concerned, I was impressed with his energy, grit and willingness to run at the odd defender with the ball at his feet. He might be a rough diamond for Roy to work with.
04/02/2010 23:16:00
With the way money is now tight I think we should start to look more at developing youth.....I saw an abundance of skill passion and raw tallent. I think the senior squad would well to come and watch the juniors especially in the cup.....what a boost knowing first team is watching. Always gave me that extra pep! As for AJ we have invested and i feel it will pay off. We are a squad and he has always given 100% for the team. Even getting sent off in his first game.....i think?
04/02/2010 23:35:00
I thought we overpaid at the time and AJ's done nothing to change my mind. He's a good player, but I doubt he'll ever justify the transfer fee. I feel fairly strongly that Okaka is going back to Roma at the end of the season unless something miraculous happens to convince him to stay. From what I've read, he was never 100% behind the move.
05/02/2010 01:35:00
i do feel as if we've over paid for him, but i also feel that he is valuable to the team when healthy... i guess it all depends on whether he can be reasonable healthy in the future...
05/02/2010 18:23:00
I have my doubts as to whether he'll ever prove to be value for money!
Al Billy
08/02/2010 19:21:00
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