Blackburn Rovers ace Bradley Johnson has told rovers.co.uk how he has been disappointed in his season so far following his summer move from Derby County.
The midfielder traded Derby for Blackburn in the summer on a free transfer.
After his 2015 transfer, Johnson’s initial four-year contract was coming to an end. It was mentioned he signed a new one-year extension, but on reduced terms.
It was always likely the former Norwich City man would depart Derby after his four-year spell. Blackburn, seeking more experience, made a swift move to sign him.
Johnson started the season well at Ewood Park. However, in recent months he has struggled – admitting he has been disappointed with his own performances this term.
I’ve been disappointed, but I’ve been disappointed with myself. I started the majority of games earlier in the season, have come out of the team for a bit and it’s hard to get up and going. But that’s down to me. I agree with the manager. I’m my biggest critic. When I have a bad game I beat myself up about it, I don’t need to be told I’ve had a bad game. I know every game won’t go the way I want but the character I’ve got, I believe in my ability and know I’ll get back to it and I just want to get out there and get a run of games and results.
Johnson arguably had his best run of form for Derby at the end of last season. He featured more as a holding midfielder allowing Mason Mount to push on.
At Blackburn, however, his form has massively dropped off since August.
The 32-year-old has managed just five starts since late August. Moreover, Johnson hasn’t tasted victory as a starter since mid-September as Rovers struggle for wins.
Ironically, Derby have missed his physicality. With Krystian Bielik dropping in at centre-back as cover, Johnson would have likely been a first-team regular at Pride Park this term.