Who ever would have thought that the news that one of our first team players has fallen ill before kickoff could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise? This is what happened yesterday when Glen Johnson was ruled out of the game against Chelsea and England U-21 international Martin Kelly had to step in to fill in at right back. With Agger and Soto also out injured, there was no way Roy Hodgson could play Carragher at right back so he had very little choice but to call upon Kelly and what a job Kelly did.
For 90 minutes, Kelly had Ashley Cole and Malouda in check. It did not look like this was Kelly’s first Premier League start of the season at all. I then asked myself, why are we busy crying with Glen Johnson at right back when we have Kelly. To be fair, Johnson has not had a great season at all. The problem with Glen is that he is great going forward but his defensive capabilities are to be questioned at times. And one of the reasons I blame Glen’s poor form this season is because of his new hairstyle! The guy is spending more time touching and tucking in his hair than actually defending!
Yes, Kelly is young and may not have the experience that Johnson has but after yesterdays performance, I think Kelly should be given more chances and I hope this stands as a wake up call to Johnson that he has stiff competition now. There is no doubting that on his day, Johnson is one of the finest right backs in the game today but we have not seen many days like that of late.