All you need know about Spurs’ trialist Ryan Johnson:
There was a trialist involved in Monday evenings game involving Spurs under 23’s and Everton at Goodison park. 20 year old Ryan Johnson who plays for Stevenage started the PL2 game for Ugo Ehiogu’s side. Johnson who plays at left centre back, is a product of West Brom’s youth academy and since joining league 2 club Stevenage in 2013, has gone on to make 12 appearances for their senior side. The highly thought of centre half went on a week long trial with Manchester United two years ago. Although born in Birmingham, Johnson represents Northern Ireland at youth level and has featured four times for their under 21’s side. My first impressions of Johnson were really positive, after seeing him play at Goodison park yesterday evening it was soon clear that he had something about his game. Playing on the left side of a back three, Johnson was up against a selection of Everton’s first team side which included Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Unfazed by the talent he was up against, Johnson looked composed and decisive, there was a coolness about his game that reminded me a bit of Toby Alderweireld. Johnson didn’t lunge into challenges or make rash decisions, he read the game well making some clever interceptions. Whilst good in the air, Johnson also possess a good amount of pace and his positioning also impressed me. Johnson’s long range passing was equally impressive, he sprayed some brilliant passes up to the Spurs attack. Whilst he was substituted late on in the game after picking up a yellow card when the scores was only 2-1, Johnson gave a really good impression of himself and whilst it’s is unclear what our intentions are, I for one am hoping to see him feature again in a Spurs shirt.