Maddening JJ laid bare in trial by TV

No way through: Jermaine Johnson is surrounded by defenders at Morecambe.         Picture: Steve ellis
No way through: Jermaine Johnson is surrounded by defenders at Morecambe. Picture: Steve ellis
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“HE is unpredictable and you don’t know what you are going to get from him.” That is Jermaine Johnson in a nutshell.

The above statement came from Sheffield Wednesday legend and now ESPN summariser Chris Waddle after the Jamaican international blazed over a shot midway through the first period of the club’s 2-1 first-round FA Cup victory at Morecambe. He is consistently inconsistent. Flashes of individual brilliance followed by moments of madness.

The Shrimps clash provided Johnson with a chance to stake a claim for a regular starting role in Gary Megson’s line-up.

With Ben Marshall barred from playing by parent club Stoke City, Megson handed Johnson his first start since his dismissal at Stevenage. It was a chance for Johnson to shine in front of a national audience and prove a point to the backroom staff.

TV viewers saw the good, the bad and the downright ugly in Johnson, nicknamed JJ, at the Globe Arena. There were glimpses of his pace, trickery, dribbling skills and ability to make things happen but he repeatedly let himself down with his final ball or by choosing the wrong option when in possession.

Moments before the interval, he was lucky to escape a booking after a rash tackle on Andy Parrish. It merited a yellow card and the late challenge reeked of frustration. It was no surprise when Megson replaced the 31-year-old after 69 minutes.

Although Johnson is likely to drop to the bench at Prenton Park to accommodate Marshall, it would be churlish to write off the talented winger and suggest he is unlikely to play a crucial part in Wednesday’s promotion push.