Punt of the Week – Gameweek 17 – Glen Johnson

Marco’s impressive run of successful punts seems to have come to an end following two weeks of disappointment thanks to Adel Taarabt and Nicky Shorey. Marco, though, should get nothing but a lot of credit for such an amazing run.

It has been a very quiet season for me articles wise, and I’m not going to lie I have not been planning to write any, not after my Gameweek 6 punt had missed out on his team game due to an injury that we had never been told about at that time.

Our very own Samuel Slennett, popularly known as Sleno, was full of support backing me to give it a go this week, and here’s hoping my punt of this week makes the game and doesn’t feel sick on the match-day morning.

My punt for this week, Gameweek 17, has made 14 appearances for his club this season, has been booked twice, has only managed one goal and has conceded 16 goals along with his fellow defenders at the back.

My Punt of the Week is Liverpool’s Glen Johnson.

The Potential

It has been a slow start to the season for Liverpool results wise with only 23 points gathered in 16 games. But to be fair to them, it was a tough run for them to start with as they had to face Manchester City, Arsenal, Man United, Everton and Chelsea in the first 11 Gameweeks, under a new manager who just came in of course.

However, the way Liverpool have been performing is no way as disappointing as their results, and anyone who has been watching them closely would agree with that. They have probably been way the better side in most of the games they got no results from.

Glen Johnson, the punt of this week, is the Liverpool leading defender in terms of points scored thanks to a tally of 57 points in 14 starts. And with a look at some of his attacking stats, you’d have absolutely expected him to have more points added to his tally next to his name.

Glen has managed 44 touches inside the opposition penalty area, which is quite impressive for a full back really. No defender has managed more touches inside the opposition penalty area than our punt by the way.

The Liverpool No 2 attacking returns have never been as impressive as his aforementioned stat of course, but he’s still always had an eye for goal as he’s had more attempts on goal (26) than any other defender in the game. And 14 of those attempts came from inside the box, which obviously shows how much of a threat he can be going forward.

One goal, two assists, five bonus points and five clean sheets have been Glen’s season so far. But having only scored for the first time this season against West Ham last week, and with 3 tasty home fixtures (AVL, FUL, SUN) in the next 5, he must be aiming to carry on chipping in with more goals, assists and most likely clean sheets.

The Risk

Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique pulled his hamstring against West Ham last week and had to come off early on in the game. The Spanish left-back is looking more likely to miss out this week having only tweeted on Thursday and said he’d still be getting treatment at the training ground.

If Jose Enrique is to miss out Glen could fill in for him at left-back with Wisdom being brought back into the starting XI at right-back – although ex-Villa wing man Stewart Downing would be a far more likely replacement for the Spaniard. Well, Glen’s FPL owners would obviously be hoping so.

Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t be as worried as an FPL manager if Johnson started at left-back knowing the England international has got the experience of playing there on a few occasions, but FPL wise it would probably minimise his chances of delivering.

The Verdict

Three of Glen Johnson’s last four Premier League goals have been against West Ham, which might suggest he is not one for being nice to his old mates.

Rather, there might be something about claret and blue that brings the best out of him, and his goalscoring prowess seems to kick in.

If that is the case, and with another claret and blue coloured side coming to Anfield this weekend, it becomes hard to imagine Glen’s Sunday stunner against West Ham will be the England international’s last for some time.

Lastly, Glen Johnson is not only my punt for this week, he’s also joining my team today. I like the fact that he’s being owned by only 2.5% of FPL managers, and that makes him quite a differential pick. So here is hoping Glen is in for a few cracking weeks.