Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star.
This week the Secret Scout checks in on young Leicester defender Darnell Johnson.
Read the report below…
WHAT’S HE GOT?
Looking closely at this young centre back, I see a big, square-shouldered, physical presence that may intimidate some strikers — not unlike his club captain Wes Morgan.
When I saw him, he looked a little uncomfortable at first. He was playing as the left-side centre back and the opposing wide forward twice got into space between him and the left back in the early stages.
WHAT DOES HE NEED?
Although well balanced, he will need to be sharper on his feet. Agility sessions will help that. His main asset is his powerful defending. ‘Thou Shalt Not Pass’ could well be his motto. His coach obviously trusts him to play right across the defensive line and, with a good leap, he will not be beaten to a cross when he has to compete.
His blocking at the near-post area was crucial in this recent game and my own final verdict would be that he is best as an out-and-out No 5, winning the first ball and leading from the front.
Maybe he is more a Terry Butcher, with a bit of technique, than he is his captain, Morgan. With Robert Huth injured and Morgan maybe past his best, there could soon be an opening as a partner for Harry Maguire in the first team.