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32 minutes ago, 'Rambe33 said:

He's contributed and made a difference but not a new contract. We need a clean sweep, all sentiment to one side and start afresh.

and FRR?

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18 minutes ago, Alpha said:

I mean since coming in he's done well. Not exceptional imo. I just think when he comes in and does ok it's remembered. For anyone else it's a performance not worth mentioning. For Hudds it's a 6/10. 

We remember his good games but with good players we remember their bad games. Its hard to pick out good games for Keogh because there's so many. Quicker to pick out bad ones. With Johnson its reversed. 

I just think there will be younger, cheaper and better players out there for us. 

But I'm not going to keep going on. He's played well and I think I've made my point. Don't want to criticise when he's doing alright.

I have no doubt that there are younger, cheaper and better players than him and I would be reluctant to offer him a new deal unless much reduced wages. At the moment though he offers what no other midfielder can offer that we have, he can head the ball and attack it in the air. In the championship you need that at times. He tries to make things happen and I do believe he is a big part of this turn around. The way Lampard wants to play then he is not really the right player but we needed to scrap our way out of this recent form. He does the ugly things well and sometimes produces a spark.

I think the reason some people like to highlight the good games Johnson has is because he is an easy target when it doesn't go well and he was signed for a stupid amount of money. He has been a good player for us on the whole, not the right fit but you can never fault his attitude.

I also don't believe for one second this is him playing for a new deal, this is how he plays and I have some sympathy for him over the biting saga, which could have been his career here done (looked that way at first). He could have downed tools at that point.

 

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1 hour ago, 'Rambe33 said:

He's contributed and made a difference but not a new contract. We need a clean sweep, all sentiment to one side and start afresh.

 

37 minutes ago, Spanish said:

and FRR?

oops  I meant FFP (mixed up with work matters😁)

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16 hours ago, RiddingsRam said:

Pretty much the key player in breaking our recent slump in form. So underated as a Derby player (probably his price tag) deserves his own thread to discuss , does he deserve a new contract ? Personally I'd give him another year. 

Well it looks like we will be in the Championship next season and as there aren't too many better options for us it makes sense to sign him up; but this is DCFC!

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2 hours ago, Spanish said:

 

oops  I meant FFP (mixed up with work matters😁)

Haha was trying to get my acronym dictionary out for FRR. 

 

 

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His aerial ability has made a difference and being able to get a tackle in. Can’t fault his last few games. But if he’s on the money he’s reported to be on then no way. Can’t afford him and we need a younger cheaper midfield enforcer. 

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23 minutes ago, Steve How Hard? said:

Given his all whenever he's pulled on that Derby City shirt. A contract on reduced terms would be good deal all around for me.

Agreed as long as it was greatly reduced wages as lets be honest he gets slated most weeks on here so nothing special but good squad member 

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6 hours ago, McLovin said:

Johnson has played well the last few games, but to me it stinks of a player playing for a new contract scenario, you see it all the time in football. We are meant to be building a younger side. Johnson will be on huge wages, we can’t afford to keep giving out new contracts to older players who are on big wages. We need to get rid of the likes of Anya, Bryson, Johnson, Butterfield and Nugent. Not because they’re bad players, but we need to start building a team for the future and they don’t fit. Only give new contracts to those older players who have been consistent and deserve it like Keogh as an example.

TBF to Johnson, he was our best midfielder during a run of games earlier in the season, and Frank seems to able to get the best out of him.  If he would be willing to take a pay cut, I'd gladly give him a years extension, with the option of another.  On the flip side if he wanted to chase one last big payday, I'd wish him all the best.  One thing is for sure is that when he's fully on it, he's a valuable assist and gives us something the rest of our midfield doesn't.

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I like Johnson and he has played well when called on this season.

For me it's about the team fit, though; at various times he has been played in a blend that hasn't worked.

I think that his last few games have showed that he can complement Huddlestone's less aggressive style by adding a bit of grit and determination to our midfield. 

If he wants to stay and a deal can be worked out I would definitely keep him over Bryson because of his versatility. 

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19 hours ago, RadioactiveWaste said:

I'd let him go, not because he's no good but because he's not really the right player for us. 

Yes, just a very average player. Probably had one 'flash in the pan' season with Norwich, so they snapped our hands off at the ridiculous fee offered. 

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