Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Eddie Johnson Talks About His Past, Present is Troublesome

While his past, including references to his single mother, are interesting, what bothers me most about Eddie Johnson is his lack of consistency. At times for Fulham and for the U.S. National Team, Johnson has shown flashes of brilliance, great efforts and hard work. At other times he seems lazy, selfish, and simply not as good as his credentials will indicate. For some reason, his good days seem to overshadow his bad days and his managers, Roy Hodgson for Fulham and Bob Bradley for the U.S., seem not to notice this inconsistency.

I had hopes that Johnson would bring some goal scoring to Craven Cottage, but has yet to find the back of the net in six appearences for the Whites. While his production for the U.S. team has seven goals in the U.S. World cup qualifiers, he has not been as productive as he needs to be to rightfully claim a spot on the U.S. team as a leading scorer or even a regular striker.

I am not prepared to write Johnson off, since he just turned 24 yesterday. But he needs to show a great deal more improvement over the next couple of years to justify a starting place for Fulham and a spot on the U.S. Roster for the World Cup.

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