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Flashback: Marvin Johnson finally beginning to make his mark at Middlesbrough

Marvin Johnson scored the only goal of Middlesbrough’s win over Reading last Saturday, just the second Championship victory for Jonathan Woodgate’s team this season. [via BBC]

The winger came to the Riverside Stadium from Oxford on a three-year deal in August 2017, as reported by BBC, with Squawka News claiming the transfer fee to be a reported £3m.

He joined Middlesbrough off the back of a fruitful season at Oxford which saw him score seven goals and supply 11 assists in 55 appearances. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]

These ‘Boro fans on Twitter seemed quite pleased when Johnson’s signature was confirmed:

While Johnson’s reported transfer fee was a modest one, so too was his contribution to Middlesbrough in his first season at the Riverside Stadium, with just one goal and two assists from 18 appearances and a mere six Championship starts.

He was sent on loan to Sheffield United for the 2018/19 season but failed to hold down a regular place at Bramall Lane, making just 12 appearances without scoring as the Blades won promotion to the Premier League.

However, he is now beginning to get a regular run of games under Woodgate at ‘Boro, having started five of their Championship matches this season and featured as a substitute in the other two. [via WhoScored.com]

He now has a goal and an assist this term following his winner against Reading and his statistical returns have vastly improved of late.

So far this season, he has recorded match averages of 1.6 shots, 1.6 key passes, one cross and 0.9 successful aerial duels, as well as a 74.8% passing success rate. [via WhoScored.com]

At Middlesbrough two years ago, those averages were 0.7 shots, 0.5 key passes, 0.4 crosses and 0.4 aerial duels per game, while he had a passing accuracy of 70.3%. [via WhoScored.com]

Only three ‘Boro players have averaged more shots per game this season, while just two have had more key passes per game and only George Friend has had a higher dribbles per game ratio. [via WhoScored.com]

Johnson’s Middlesbrough career has been a slow burner so far, but having been finally given a sustained chance to show what he can do, he is beginning to display why ‘Boro signed him from Oxford two years ago, provided he can keep that form going throughout the season.

Middlesbrough fans, what did you think of the club’s decision to sign Johnson? Has your opinion changed from then to now? Let us know your views by commenting below!

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Flashback: Marvin Johnson finally beginning to make his mark at Middlesbrough
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