Johnson looks like a bargain
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.