The Armada announced the acquisition of Jemal Johnson this morning. He is a 29 year old forward who most recently played in NASL for the New York Cosmos.
His career seems like that of a player who has been trying to find the appropriate level of league so he can excel. He came up through the Blackburn Rovers youth system and has a handful of English Premier League appearances to his name. His longest time with a club was at MK Dons, in League One in England, where he played from 2007-2010, although 2010 was spent on loan to other clubs.
Jemal has bounced around from club to club since his MK Dons spell, eventually landing in NASL with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. He moved to the Cosmos during the summer break in 2013 and had remained with them until this off-season.
Johnson is a fast player who plays mainly on the wing. He excels at beating defensive players in one-on-one situations, being able to use his pace and footwork to outrun defenders or make a move and dribble around them. While he is a forward, don’t look for him to score too many goals, as he has only scored 25 goals in a career that has spanned more than 200 appearances.
As a wing player, his lack of goal-scoring should not be an issue. His ability on the ball and his athletic ability will cause opposing defenses to keep an eye on him, which should open up space for whoever it is that will be playing in the middle of the attack.
There is, surprisingly, a video of some of his highlights as an MK Dons player on YouTube. Turn your sound off because, as is usual with these videos, the accompanying music is absolute trash.