A major transfer update has emerged in Ipswich’s pursuit of 22-year-old centre-back George Johnson.
In April of this year, Football Insider reported that Ipswich were interested in a deal to sign Johnston. Paul Cook was reportedly considering a swoop for the 22-year-old defender, along with Portsmouth, but Bolton have now won the race for his signature this summer.
Newly-promoted League One side Bolton have now officially confirmed the signing of Johnston from Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee. Johnston has agreed a three-year contract with Bolton and will link up with his new teammates this summer and potentially face Ipswich in League One next season.
“George is a player with a fantastic pedigree who came through the ranks at Liverpool before moving to Feyenoord two years ago.
“That he was willing to move away and play abroad in a different league at such a young age says a lot about his character.
“He came back for the second half of last season and had a very successful loan spell at Wigan Athletic.
“He’s a very talented player for the future and we are delighted to have signed him.”
Ipswich fans should be livid that the club has missed out on a deal for Johnston. They have allowed one of their rivals to snap up a promising young defender to bolster their squad. Given the size of their club, Bolton could have aspirations to achieve back-to-back promotions next season and if things go right for them, they could be competing at the top end of the table with Ipswich in League One, which means that this move could end being pivotal if Johnston enjoys a terrific campaign.
Johnston has already proven himself to be an asset at League One level. He started 16 games as a centre-back whilst on loan to Wigan in 2021 and averaged an impressive WhoScored rating of 6.98. Mark McGuinness and James Wilson were the only Ipswich players who averaged a WhoScored rating of higher than 6.98 in the 2020/21 League One season, showing the calibre of player Bolton have been able to bring in.
The £3.5k-per-week beast also has the potential to improve at the age of 22. This means that Ipswich not only missed out on a player who could have been a key figure for the 2021/22 season, but also a player who they could have developed and turned into a star for the future too.
Therefore, Ipswich fans must be livid that they have been beaten by Bolton to the signing of Johnston, as he could have been a terrific addition to Cook’s squad.