Fans’ favourites come in all guises and in different shapes and sizes.
The prolific goalscorer will always be a favourite. So too a player of quality and class. Then there’s the 100 per center who gives his all, week in, week out, home or away, regardless of result.
Throw in too the dependable defender. Consistently solid, gets on with it, does his job, perhaps leading by example.
There are other categories too, of course, and often the enigmatic figure.
Brilliant one week, capable of moments that lift fans off their seat and performances that destroy the opposition... then at other times, frustrating, not quite delivering; it’s in there but it’s a nearly-but-not-quite day. The fans forgive, remember the magical bits, and hope for better next time.
Sheffield Wednesday fans will know where they’d stick Jermaine Johnson, the mercurial winger, the club’s longest serving player but, one might surmise, unlikely to add to the 250 plus appearances he has made in a seven year career.
The Jamaican international winger signed a one year extension last Summer but, 34 next month and more or less a permanent substitute this season (he started only five games, none since Dec 21), it would be a surprise if he isn’t set to move on this time.
Very few players become known by their initials but Owls fans simply called him JJ.
Johnson was signed by Brian Laws in January 2007 for £250,000. He had devastating pace that frightened opponents. He excited the fans with it and scored some spectacular goals. His end-product was often erratic, he could be inconsistent but the fans, particularly at his height, loved the buzz he gave them - not least as a substitute when he often made a big impact off the bench.
There have been more consistent wide players but he promised a bit extra. When he delivered, it’s why JJ was an FF.