A number of big clubs have confirmed interest in signing Oxford United’s 26-year-old wing wizard Marvin Johnson.
Everton, Manchester City, Liverpool, Leicester and Celtic are all keen on securing his signature.
So who exactly is Johnson? Sam May gives you a rundown of all you need to know…
Name: Marvin Johnson
Club: Oxford United
Johnson began his career with non-league side Solihull Motors after a loan spell at Coalshill Town. He was later handed a five-day trial by Burnley, who decided against signing the player.
He started to attract interest of clubs when playing for Northern Premier League First Division South side Romulus. It was from their where he joined Kidderminster Harriers in the Vanarama National League. Growing as a player, he flourished for Motherwell when moving north of the border.
Brighton, QPR and Burton were interested in the flying winger after he handed in a transfer request at Motherwell in August last year. The U’s secured the services of the Birmingham born player on deadline day for an undisclosed fee which is thought to be £650,00.
He is understood to be keen on a move to the Premier League this summer.
Style of play
Being a versatile player, Johnson can play in a number of positions. He can be used as a winger, high-flying full back or striker. Best suiting a 4-3-3, he can operate on both flanks. Like many wingers, he has pace and power and not afraid to take on defenders.
A goal threat, the number 28 has netted 10 times this season and made 15 assists. He was also a fans’ favorite due to his attacking prowess after producing a number of man-of-the-match performances.
There may be concerns on whether he can step up and make the grade at the higher level, but there is no doubt he is worth the gamble.
He scored four goals in five after signing for Motherwell, so his attitude and dedication to succeed, meant Oxford boss Michael Appleton splashed out a club-record fee to bring Johnson to the Kassam Stadium.
Despite scoring the goal to send Oxford United to the EFL Trophy final at Wembley, his team was defeated 2-1 by Coventry earlier this month.
What he said
“For people to be talking about you then you must be doing something right.
“It’s just rumours and you have to get on with your football.
“You just have to keep your head down and keep doing what you’re doing. The more you see it, the more it should push you on.”
What they said
His current manager Michael Appleton said: “I think eventually Marvin will end up being a top-class wide player.
“But he’s more than capable of playing at full back – he could play in the middle of the park, he’s just a very good player.
“He’s got fantastic athleticism and speed. Technically he’s good, he’s got a thunderbolt shot and can deliver.
“He’s a good footballer and the higher he goes up (the football pyramid) he will end up being a natural left-sided wide player or a striker.”
“He’s got pace that scares the life out of people but he doesn’t know how to use it properly yet.
“We can work on that.”