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Frank McAvennie believes Ben Johnson possesses the necessary skills to operate as a central midfielder for West Ham.

Johnson, 21, has been excelling for the Irons recently in his natural position as a right-back, covering for the injured Vladimir Coufal.

The academy graduate has started the last four games, six out of the last eight, and the Irons are yet to concede with him on the pitch this season.

However, while McAvennie does not believe he has done enough to displace Coufal, who made his return to the side on Wednesday, in the starting XI, the ex-Irons hero suggests a new role for Johnson.

“He’s been very good,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone. “He can play in midfield as well, he’s tall and athletic. I think it’s Coufal’s [position] for a while yet, but competition is great.

“The good thing about Johnson is he can play in a number of positions which will keep him happy because he’ll keep getting games.

“When Mark Noble steps down this year, I think he’s someone who can sit and play alongside Tomas Soucek to give Declan Rice a rest in midfield, no problem.

“At the moment, Noble is coming on in different cup games, and I think it’s a role that Johnson can play. He’s definitely an important part of the squad, that’s for sure.”

In other West Ham news, Jim White has shared a major GSB update on Friday with a behind-the-scenes Irons document signed.

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