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 â‚¤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 5’11â€ 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 â‚¤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 â‚¤6M for Johnson. A deal around â‚¤3M-â‚¤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 â€“ perhaps on loan for the season?
Let us know â€“ comments always welcome.