Interesting write-up in the Tottenham Journal today on Andy Johnson ahead of Fulham’s trip to White Hart Lane next week.
But for Fulham’s other English striker, Andrew Johnson, 2009 was one drawn-out nightmare.
Once one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League, the man who has scored over 100 goals in English football and won eight full caps for his country has struggled with a succession of shoulder and groin injuries, and managed only seven league goals since his £10.5million move from Everton in the summer of 2008.
But football has a habit of throwing up twists of fate, and it is one such twist that has given Johnson the chance to reignite his Fulham career.
Zamora’s injury at Stoke City on January 5 coincided almost precisely with Johnson’s return to fitness and, with Zamora now out of action indefinitely, Johnson has his chance to shine.
Unfortunately, he walks into a side which is faltering at just the wrong moment, and Hodgson is watching his dreams of European football in danger of fading over the south London horizon.
AJ’s had his knockers in recent weeks. A regular partner up front and a few chances in front of goal might help him blow away the cobwebs. The horrible injury against Amkar Perm came precisely at the wrong time for him, just as he looked to be flying at the start of the season.