John­son looks like a bar­gain

Sunday Sun - - Football -

Marvin John­son

How­ever, Marvin was a reg­u­lar play­maker with Ox­ford and is ca­pa­ble of us­ing his pace to cre­ate space from which to set up chances for his Boro team-mates.

If his early im­pact is any­thing to go by, then John­son might forge him­self a reg­u­lar place in the Teessiders’ line-up.

Boro’s other dead­line-day sign­ing, de­fender Ryan Shot­ton, may not find things so easy.

Ben Gib­son and Dael Fry have worked well to­gether in the open­ing games – and they also have Daniel Ayala breath­ing downs their necks.

How­ever, com­pe­ti­tion for places is the key and hope­fully most squad mem­bers will be given their chance dur­ing the cur­rent cam­paign.

MARVIN John­son’s ini­tial taste of Cham­pi­onship foot­ball could hardly have be­gun any bet­ter.

The 26-year-old for­mer Ox­ford United winger ap­pears to have adapted to life at a higher level like a duck to wa­ter.

It’s early days yet but Garry Monk might have un­earthed quite a gem fol­low­ing his dead­line-day swoop.

For a fee be­lieved to be in the re­gion of £2.5m, it’s rel­a­tively small for a player who can be a reg­u­lar match-win­ner.

John­son could hardly have en­joyed a bet­ter start than when net­ting on his de­but at Bolton.

He is un­likely to be a pro­lific scorer, hav­ing grabbed six goals in all com­pe­ti­tions for Ox­ford last sea­son.

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