It’s no secret Andy Johnson has had a windy time at Fulham: most expensive player; star striker; constantly injured; percevied shadow of former self. But things have been turning around, and more so than in the past 4 days.
Here’s Andy Johnson’s last six months: 22 appearances, 9 goals, 1 assist
And six months prior to that: 22 appearances, 2 goals, 3 assists.
Are we witnessing a return to past glory (he’s finally staying healthy, fingers crossed) or a sudden hot streak (five of his recent goals have come in the past 4 days)? Like with most things, it may just be a change in tactics.
Considering the Guardian’s Chalkboards are down, I had to bust out soccernet’s heat map. The top is yesterday’s romp over QPR, the below chart is that Boxing Day nightmare against West Ham.
He was really all over the place yesterday, huh? That may be a concern for other outfield players, but it’s best to have the little guy marauding around, causing turnovers, and drawing penalties. He’s clearly more effective being everywhere and yet nowhere than in one or two hotspots. Sure, he’s only been scoring in the past week but most of the heat maps this season show the same result.
The only concern I currently have is wondering what the heck that second goal celebration was all about. I think the QPR fans were right to show their disapproval. Sheesh.