Newcastle In For Chelsea’s Glen Johnson?

Chelsea have signed former Newcastle target – Barcelona right-back Juliano Belletti – meaning that it is now possible for Chelsea to let Glen Johnson leave the club, either via a transfer or a loan deal for the season.

Chelsea may be keen to keep him, but Glen has been out on loan to Portsmouth last season – and now another right-back has been purchased – so it doesn’t look good for regular first-team football for Glen at Chelsea. Johnson has also fallen out of the England reckoning so he’ll be motivated to get regular games this season.

Would Johnson be an attractive buy for Sam Allardyce?

Let’s take a look.


Glen Johnson – Jose Mourinho may make him available after signing Belletti

The problem with Glen Johnson is that being English he is likely to be overpriced and the latest transfer fee quoted is ₤6M with Aston Villa said to be interested. While we think Glen Johnson could improve under Sam Allardyce, we’re not sure he would be a good buy when you consider the fee involved. We could probably get a similar player from abroad for half that price, so we would be surprised if Sam made a move for Glen. He also doesn’t fit the profile of the defender Sam has been looking for in terms of experience.

However, Sam did bring in 21 year-old Jose Enrique from Villareal and it would be good to have an injection of youth into the squad – but is Glen Johnson good enough? Johnson came through the famed West Ham academy before moving to Chelsea and he’s undoubtedly got potential, which hasn’t been fully realized yet. We could even take Johnson on loan for a season with a transfer deal agreed up front, which Newcastle could exercise if Johnsen plays well this season.

For the record Glenn turned 23 years-old last Thursday and is 5’11” tall. He played 15 times for West Ham from 2001 until 2003 when he signed for Chelsea. At that time Bobby Robson was interested in bringing Glen to Newcastle and was considering a ₤2M bid. Glen has since played 41 times (3 goals) for Chelsea without ever being able to hold down a regular place. While on loan last season at Portsmouth he played 26 times there with no goals.

If Sam is interested we think he could negotiate a better deal than ₤6M for Johnson. A deal around ₤3M-₤4M would be a better proposition for Newcastle and at that price Big Sam might be interested.

What do you think? Would Glen Johnson be a good player for us – perhaps on loan for the season?

Let us know – comments always welcome.

32 comments so far

  • TOON1

    Aug 25, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Mourinho said yesterday on skysports that 1 player will be leaving ,but ive heard the player is Diarra!!

  • Alex

    Aug 25, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    We should try to sign him on loan untill Janurary with a view to a permanent deal in the next transfer window.If he improves under sam and wins back a place in the england team then 6million would not be over the odds.

  • gordon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Would rather have Diarra much better player even as a right back,johnson was’nt much good at portsmouth either.

  • Barry Bumhead

    Aug 25, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Considering that Johnson was caught by a 74 year old after trying to nick a bog seat, I think that we should leave well alone.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 25, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    I think he’s sh$t, personally.

    And as rightly pointed out already, there are far better players abroad who’ll cost far less.

    Im glad about Belletti too, Rijkaard is no mug, he only sells players when they are past it. I watch the Spanish football religiously and Barca in particular and last season, Belletti was very average.

    I think we ought to be looking at an African player, someone mentioned a Senegalese? (Spelling?) player recently on this blog and I recall checking him out, looked very good – plays in France if memory serves.

    Either way, forget Johnson, he’s no better than Carr.

  • Jesper

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    I think we should loan him for a year, with an option to buy.. Let’s see how he plays when he is given a proper chance.

  • Darren

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t bother with Johnson, we are just about rid of the Dyers of our team and don’t need another one.

    I would take Diarra though, he’s a better player and more versatile.

  • valle

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Lets get ferreira

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    At £6M it’s too much money but if we can get him on loan with an agreed fee of say £3M, I’m confident BSA will make him into an English international fullback.

    That’s if he can replace Micah Richards in the England team who looked awesome for City and England this week…….

    My glass is half full, so buy him and turn him into a star!

  • Rob Kirton

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    A lot of citicism for Johnson on here. He always seemd to me, to be like somebody who has lost his way a little. Appeared to be a real talent when at West Ham. He was the Micah Richards of his day.

    A club would have to pay a huge sum to land Micah and end with what many percieve Johnson to be right now.

    Johnson could be picked up at a fraction of the price, and maybe turned around , fulfilling some of his earlier promise. Worth a punt at the right price or maybe on loan.

  • Ross

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    im sorry but i think glen johnson is terrible. i’d be gutted if we ended up with him at rightback after some of the names we’ve been linked with.
    i know he’s taking alot of stick judging by these comments, but i think he deserves it, he’s rubbish.

  • dillon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    for 4million grab him we need him , carr is so poor on the right. Big sam could make Glen great again. peace

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    With Glen Johnson you cna only really sum up his play and hid footballing ability in one word, bollocks.

    Im very glad Belletti went to Chelsea, just couldn’t see him working with our team.

    Facundo Quiroga or Chidi Odiah would be good solutions to RB’s. Sam likes experience and versatility so out of those if he knew them he’d go for Quiroga who is 29 and has had 16 Full Caps for Argentina and can also play CB.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14

    @Edd Case

    Was he a full back?

    I mentioned Pape Diakhate, but he has now moved.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Oh and another thing, if we seriously want to be up there in the top 6 and then challenging for the CL places why would we want to buy other clubs casts off. We should stop doing this, they are cast offs for a reason.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Ive heard some rumours they might not interest you or be true but they are flying around so i just thought id post them.

    In: Guti/Kallstrom/Fred/Juninho/Deco/Appiah (Swap for Emre)

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Rob Kirton – we agree – and think Sam could make Glen into the good player he was – we’ll have to see what Sam thinks – but the Daily Mail is not reporting that Newcastle and Arsenal may be interested. Not sure why Arsenal are interested since they just signed Bakari Sagna for right back.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Tom – since we have a week to go in transfer window we expect some wild ones to start flying around – still like to get 2 more in if we can.

  • Beastie

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #19

    theres a lad called miguel get him wud cost 3-4 million brilliant full back!!! but if i had to choose out of the 3 fullbacks at chelsea a would get diarra he can play in a few positions and its good cover for us!

  • apan

    Aug 25, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #20

    il get either diarra or him, both needs a little bit of tune up, if we get diarra his another geremi that would be good, johnson is more attack minded his defending is poor but BSA has the MIDAS TOUCH remember? just look at zoggy his now a way better defender than babayaro and good at attackin im sure he could do that to johnson and with a cost less than 5m it would be a steal

  • iain

    Aug 25, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #21

    johnson was caught vs brum for kapo goals with very very weak tackle that made carr look like popeye after eating spinage.

    johnson would be a risk imo. tomtoon is right, u dont win owt with a team of cast offs no matter how good they are, we might improve as a team, but the majority of our signings this summer are cast offs bar roz/enrqique.

    diarra is two players in one a rb and dfm, hes more a big sam type player anyway. cant see chelsea seling him to arsenal, not while mourinhos there anyway.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 25, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #22

    This isnt on subject but we have all been saying we need a rb, creative midfielder ands a defensive midfielder and BSA wants experience.

    To me Marcos Senna seems theperfect solution, he is a holding midfielder but a very very good passer. He is very strong, has lots of experience and has a brilliant long shot. Man Utd were on the verge of buying him for 3.8 mil 1 year ago but they bought Carrick, his price mus thave gone down as he is now older. He seems perfect.

    Senna and a RB and i see us up there.

  • James

    Aug 25, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Diara or Johsen i would like but only if we get Johnsen on a loan because he can be a little baby and have temper tantramums

  • dan

    Aug 25, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #24

    I think Johnson would be good for us. He’s quite tall, athletic and will be a huge improvement on Carr.
    I think he has lost his way a little but he’s still young and has all the attributes.

  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 25, 2007 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Glen Johnson is not good enough for a top four club hence why Chelsea are letting him go supposedly he would have no chance in hell of joining the other big three and if we are aiming to be a top four club in the near future hopefully we should stay well clear of this average player. He had potential early in his career which he has not fulfilled although he is still young i dont think he will get much better.

  • Ebol

    Aug 25, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #26

    I think the key thing about Johnson is that he hasn’t fulfilled his potential yet. If any manager could get the best out of that type of player, it would be Big Sam. Remember, Johnson was the captain of several England underage sides and one thing to remember is that nearly all of Big Sam’s signings have been leaders.

  • Shearer 4 pm

    Aug 25, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #27

    for defnesive midfielder we should get diop senna or petit of benfice he has got one hard shot on him and has great experience

  • Shtoirling

    Aug 26, 2007 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Just because players came from more successful clubs doesn’t mean they’re ‘cast-offs’. I don’t think Ferguson really wanted Smith to leave. They could have really done with him this season. And as for Geremi, not many clubs would consider him a cast-off!

  • hayward

    Aug 26, 2007 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #29

    Beastie – Miguel is a class full back and would cost more then 4mill, probably double that and a bit more. Also why would he come to Newcastle if he is first choice at a champions league club like Valencia?? I wish!

  • michael

    Aug 26, 2007 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #30

    The biggest hurdle to the possible transfer of Glenn Johnsen to Newcastle United Football Club is the fact that said defender is ab bit crap.

  • Hammy

    Aug 26, 2007 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Glen Johnson would love it at the toon, there is B+Q, PTS, CROSSLINGS,

  • dan

    Aug 26, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #32

    I agree with Shtoirling. He isn’t a ‘cast-off’, just someone who can’t break into the chelsea team. We are not at that level yet.
    I think he would be a great buy if he has the right attitude


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