Jemal Johnson at Southend

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Leedsunited, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. Leedsunited

    Leedsunited Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Yorkshire
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    No link yet, but Leeds have said that he rejected the offer of a loan to join Paul Ince's MK Dons, I think it is a permanant deal.
     
  2. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    He played for Wolves' reserves yesterday. However,

    The deadline day wheeling and dealing has started in earnest with striker Jemal Johnson heading for MK Dons after Wolves accepted a bid from Paul Ince’s side.​

    Link:
    http://www.expressandstar.co.uk/2007/08/31/wolves-boss-cold-on-signings/

    However, as you say, no mention as yet on the Dons site.

    MK Dons play in League 2.
     
  3. Beau Dure

    Beau Dure Member+

    May 31, 2000
    Vienna, VA
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    Hey, American-style team relocation, American striker. Makes sense to me.

    Go AFC Wimbledon.
     
  4. Leedsunited

    Leedsunited Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Yorkshire
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    Pretty surprised but he really needs a run in someones team, and it is clear he wouldn't have got that at Leeds. I am surprised he has joined a League Two club though, even the biggest one.
     
  5. MLS_RM

    MLS_RM Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    chicago
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    league 2? MLS is a much better option, obviously this guy doesnt have IT.
     
  6. toiletduck

    toiletduck New Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    This is a bit of a step back - he was successful in a loan at Darlington a few years ago while still under contract to Blackburn, but that was a little while back and that helped him get the deal with Wolves. Maybe this will help him get things back on track though - maybe playing for Paul Ince will be beneficial too.
     
  7. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    how much interest would he attract from MLS? I would guess none.
     
  8. toiletduck

    toiletduck New Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    If the likes of Nicholas Addlery can start at DC United, surely SOMEBODY has to be interested. Though I suppose wage demands would be an issue.
     
  9. Leedsunited

    Leedsunited Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Yorkshire
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    Think its the wage issue. I know Wisey said when he was on loan that he had turned down the chance to return to the States after he left Blackburn. He'll be on a couple of thousand pounds a week at MK Dons, they are financially more capable than any other League Two club. I doubt he'd get that in the US.
     
  10. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    He's lived in England since he was 5, so he's immersed in the English culture of football. He probably knows next to nothing about MLS, and that may not have been an option. By the way, is that true that Jemal has not received a cap for any American youth or senior team?
     
  11. Martin Fischer

    Martin Fischer Member+

    Feb 23, 1999
    Kampala. Uganda
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons


    Adderly rarel starts for DC and works for peanuts. League 2 is a much more lucrative and, since Johnson has lived most if not all of his life in England, comfortable gig.
     
  12. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    Cap him.
     
  13. toiletduck

    toiletduck New Member

    Jan 22, 2007
  14. um_chili

    um_chili Member+

    Jun 3, 2002
    Losanjealous
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    This kid is a YA but has seen no action for the US despite showing some effectiveness at striker for Wolves (3 goals in 14 games in 2006)? Why the relative silence about him on the NT front?
     
  15. TheLostUniversity

    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Feb 4, 2007
    Greater Boston
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    Well, a striker who finds his level at MKDons is not exactly NT material. :(
     
  16. toiletduck

    toiletduck New Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    I honestly don't think this is "his level" though maybe I'm being optimistic. He's 22. He's still really young. Youth can overcome attitude issues; hopefully he can light up League 2 and parlay that into a successful career.

    I look at him as Jamil Walker with actual talent. I think he can play a role on the USMNT if he just gets himself properly oriented. Hopefully Paul Ince can help do that. If he doesn't start here though, maybe put a fork in him.

    We still hold out hope on Eddie Johnson, so why not Jemal?
     
  17. golazo68

    golazo68 Red Card

    May 21, 2004
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    Anyone find it funny that Johnson is called an 'American' striker, although he was only born/lived in US for 5 years (speaks with British accent and everything) WHEREAS Rossi, Adu, Szetela and a host of other players who lived here a lot longer and basically are a lot more 'American' are often referred by another country first...
     
  18. ugaaccountant

    ugaaccountant New Member

    Oct 26, 2003
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    Because EJ's led the MLS in scoring before. JJ's done nothing except stay employed. He's interesting to read about but he's not USMNT material.
     
  19. Beau Dure

    Beau Dure Member+

    May 31, 2000
    Vienna, VA
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    Yeah, if EJ had no work permit issues and felt like moving to England, I think he'd have plenty of offers above the Franchise FC level.

    Wait a minute ... he did.
     
  20. Bruce S

    Bruce S Member+

    Sep 10, 1999
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    I think the USA coaches know him, and just do not think he is good enough.
     
  21. Hed7181

    Hed7181 Member

    Jul 1, 2003
    VA Beach, VA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    I'm sure that's true.

    If I'm remembering correctly, Jemal was given the opportunity to play at the youth level with the US, but turned it down.

    I agree with the sentiment that he's just not good enough. He started at Blackburn's acadamy but wasn't in their future plans so they let him go. He signs with a Championship side and scores a few goals, but ends up on the bench later in the season and is allowed to move on. Now, he signs with a League 2 side.

    This is not exactly a sparkling resume. He's living the dream and I envy him for that, but just because he plays in England and ONCE was saught after by a EPL club does not make him USMNT material.
     
  22. pething101

    pething101 Member

    Jul 31, 2001
    Smyrna, Ga
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    He is on the sub's bench today is someone wants to start a match thread.
     
  23. new_skin

    new_skin Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    Boston
    Club:
    VfB Stuttgart
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    MK Dons wan 2-1 I think. Johnson played about 20 minutes at the end.
     
  24. gyr0

    gyr0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    NYC
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    IMO, this is a great move for a player who is an undoubtedly talented headcase. Clearly his attitude has played a defining role in his failures at both Leeds and Wolves when he had the opportunity to break through.

    In Paul Ince, he is working with a fiery manager who has played at the highest levels of the game. He will undoubtedly realise League 2 is a last chance saloon and I hope he takes the chance to rebuild his career.
     
  25. olephill2

    olephill2 Member+

    Oct 6, 2006
    Club:
    Watford FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Jemal Johnson joins MK Dons

    Given the recent events that have transpired on the coaching carousel in England, does anyone think Jemal will rejoin his former coach at his old club? ;)
     

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