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Argyle Fan's View On Reda Johnson

Wednesday completed the signing of Reda Johnson from Plymouth Argyle this week, and we get the lowdown on our new arrival from Vital Plymouth's Ian De-Lar.

'Reda Johnson was an unknown quantity,' he said.

"He was born in France but has played for Benin, the birth country of his father.

"Before moving to Plymouth he played just 15 games in his professional career, playing for Amiens in France.

"In the summer of 2009 he went on trial at Aberdeen but Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock nipped him and signed him as a free agent.

'In his first few games he was understandably very inexperienced, due to not having played many games at professional level, but as the season wore on Johnson got better and better, despite Argyle getting relegated.

"This season Johnson started badly but in recent weeks he has returned to form.

'On his day Johnson is a very good centre-back - tall, powerful and pacy. He`s able to stick out a long leg to make a last ditch tackle or jump above any striker to head the ball away.

'On an off day and there have been a few - Johnson looks clumsy and has been described as "Bambi on ice". He can give away needless free-kicks near the penalty area and is often caught out of position.

Johnson is a Work In Progress and with a few more years experience he could play at the highest level. I wish he had stayed but the financial situation at Argyle requires us to sell our better players. It`s either sell players or lose the club, no brainer.

"Good luck Reda!'

Thanks to Ian for giving us a heads-up on our new signing.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 7 2011

Time: 1:43PM

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Lets hope more of the good Reda and less of the Bambi on ice.
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07/01/2011 13:55:00

No *****, really?
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07/01/2011 14:14:00

Gives away needless free kicks and often caught out of position,should get on well with Darren Purse.
leons gloves
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07/01/2011 15:23:00

He doesn't need to play every game. as has been said, hopefully he'll improve with age.
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07/01/2011 15:33:00

The inconsistency - fantastic on some days, almost useless on others - sounds like a number of the players that have put on the blue and white in the past number of years. Let's hope it is the case that more experience will make him a top-flight quality player. Thanks for your insights, Ian.
Colorado Owl
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07/01/2011 15:46:00

Is he Darren purse in disguise.......oh dear
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07/01/2011 16:23:00

What? Wednesday fans dwelling on the negatives?! All of the above could have been said about a young Rio Ferdinand, Tony Adams, Gary Pallister, John Terry.... Personally, I like the sound of: "as the season wore on Johnson got better and better, despite Argyle getting relegated. "This season Johnson started badly but in recent weeks he has returned to form. 'On his day Johnson is a very good centre-back - tall, powerful and pacy. He`s able to stick out a long leg to make a last ditch tackle or jump above any striker to head the ball away."
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07/01/2011 17:12:00

of more concern to me is this charge hanging over him. surely we knew about this before we signed him so we can only hope that the charge isn't going to hold because if he is found guilty he must be looking at jail time. beyond belief
Hirsty's Shinpads
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07/01/2011 19:59:00

we paid what? 150,000? guys, we aren't getting Nemanja Vidic for that fee, he's not going to be perfect. the way I see it, the lad's got bags of potential regardless of the negativity. I'm happy with both signings. I'm lookin' forward to seeing who else is coming in... Nathan Ecclestone of Liverpool on loan anyone???
Carbone's Padawan
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07/01/2011 21:02:00

I suppose if he's that good Ian, he'll make Beevers and Spur look world beaters.
ecco owl
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07/01/2011 22:09:00

we've had a 100,000 offer turned down for Mark Reynolds of Motherwell according to their Vital site. Whether that bid was placed before we got Johnson and Morrison I don't know. I'd be surprised if we were stll gunning for him given we've wrapped two deals up for Defenders anyway.
Carbone's Padawan
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08/01/2011 09:29:00

i think MM said he wanted another defender aswell as johnson and morrison.
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08/01/2011 09:32:00

and thats on bbc sport about reynolds offer been rejected, so we might go in with another offer.
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08/01/2011 09:34:00

I seem to remember all this jibber jabber about Bougherra when he came and look how he turned out! Johnson and Bougherra both played at Grignion so they must have an eye for CB's so lets just give him a chance and not hang him before he's even kicked ball! No wonder some players bottle it when they come to Hillsbrough if they read this site!
Owls That!
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