West Ham United star Ben Johnson has emphasised that taking part in for the Hammers in Europe is a particular feeling for him after having climbed by the ranks within the academy.
The younger defender joined the Hammers’ academy on the age of seven and has spent all of his footballing life taking part in for West Ham.
After having a breakout season final day out, making 14 appearances within the Premier League, Johnson made his debut in European competitors within the 2-0 win towards Rapid Vienna in midweek, taking part in all 90 minutes because the Hammers received a second successive Europa League match.
Johnson admits that taking part in in Europe for the Hammers is a surreal expertise as he has needed to grind it out within the Hammers’ youth set-up.
Having been within the academy because the age of seven, the teen is delighted to don the West Ham shirt repeatedly and he’s trying to proceed his progress.
Speaking to West Ham TV, Johnson mentioned: “I simply really feel wonderful taking part in for West Ham United in Europe!
“Obviously coming by the Academy, there are occasions you may really feel fearful to play, however I’ve labored at this and I’ve been making ready myself for it my entire younger profession.
“To come out right here is only a blessing and I’ve loved each minute of it.
“That’s why I needed to return into the sport and simply attempt to stamp my authority on it and provides my all: as a result of not many alternatives come round like this for gamers.
“It’s simply an incredible feeling.
“This badge is particular to me, in fact.
“I’ve been right here because the age of seven, so to play for the Club that I’ve all the time performed for is fantastic.
“I’ve had loads of ups and downs on the best way, however that’s what you want, as a result of now could be the enterprise finish for me.”
Aside from the Europa League, Johnson additionally performed the complete 90 minutes within the win towards Manchester United within the EFL Cup and he shall be hoping he is ready to characteristic for the Hammers within the Premier League extra ceaselessly as effectively.