By Noel Whelan

10th Nov, 2021 | 11:37am

Sullivan tipped for West Ham 'sit-down' talks with Johnson after Sky interview - pundit

Ben Johnson “absolutely deserves” to be handed a long-term deal at West Ham, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Hammers hierarchy could “sit down soon and put something together” to address the 21-year-old’s future.

Johnson’s West Ham contract expires next summer after the Englishman signed a three-year deal in 2019.

The youngster initially came into the side to provide cover for Vladimir Coufal as the Czech defender recovered from injury.

However, Johnson has started each of the last four Premier League fixtures – opening the scoring in a 4-1 win over Aston Villa last month.

The right-back is yet to feature on the losing side for West Ham this season, winning in each of his 10 appearances across all competitions.

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Speaking to Sky Sports on Saturday, Johnson revealed he wants to show David Moyes his full potential.

Whelan insisted the Hammers’ academy product is “playing with no fear” at present.

“He absolutely deserves that long-term deal – he brings so much energy down that right-hand side,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He looks very assured in that backline and going forward he’s got the pace, power but also that ability on the ball.

“That hurts teams – that has them running back towards their own goal. He’s playing with no fear at the moment.

“He’s enjoying the role and he’s producing the goods in that role.

“I’m sure the chairman David Sullivan, the manager will be sitting down soon and putting something together to keep him there long-term.”

The defender made his senior bow for West Ham away at Manchester City in February 2019.

Johnson won the east London club’s Young Hammer of the Year award for the 2020/21 season after making 20 appearances during the campaign.

In other news, West Ham agree two new deals and a third is on the cards as overhaul intensifies.