And here could be why: The 27-year-old has already played for Oxford and Boro this summer, and due to FIFA regulations, he would only be allowed to play for either of those between now and May - hence why a return to the U’s has come about.
Pulis has been playing Martin Braithwaite and Patrick Bamford on the left in recent weeks, and with Jack Harrison set to sign, Johnson was only heading one way.
That’s yet to be confirmed, but it looks like Johnson could be one of those who heads out on Deadline Day.
Would appear to be very plausible. Boro will probably encourage him to go out on loan to reduce their wage bill. Marvin gets to maintain his match fitness and 'put himself in the shop-window' for next summer. Depending on where they finish in the Championship, I could envisage either Sheffield United or Barnsley capturing his signature next July/August. In the meantime can do a decent job for us.
If he wants to play and will put in the effort that got him the price tag in the first place, then all's well, if he thinks that he can just pull on a shirt and walk about the pitch, then no. I just remember the lack of any real effort when he wanted away.
Having him back on loan would be absolutely ideal. We wouldn't have to deal with his shenanigans in the summer and wouldn't be as much of a financial risk if he did turn out to be disinterested again, and didn't put in performances. Wouldn't want him back as an Oxford player anyway - we've had our payday from him, we wouldn't get a fee anything like that if we were to sell him on again after he's tried and failed at Championship level.
If he is to come back he has to be on the wing.he was playing LB because as much as I liked the no nonsense Skarz he didn’t have the pace. But if he does come back with Smith-Brown or Richardino at Left back them he would be an absolute gem as our left winger, just hope that the strikers can poach goals as with Ruffs and Johnson both being able to hit from 10,20 or even 30 yards then we maybe alright.
I wouldn't think it's impossible. He played left wing in front of Ricardinho before he left us this season, I think maybe against Pompey? If we played 4-2-3-1 and Buckley-Ricketts moved to no.10, there's a free spot on the left wing. If we go 4-4-2, who knows but I think the talent is there, and if he's hungry and not costing us much on loan, it's worth a punt.
Johnson was always a weird one, always wanted him at LM but when he played LB he always seemed a lot more dangerous. Be glad if he did come back and had the right attitude as his left boot is glorious. Still a piece of me thinks this may be a bad idea.