Dont think our desire to sign a left back spells the nd for Friend as thus far only 2 players JW has publicly indicated he wants to keep are Howson and Friend. I assume JW only gone public on them two as he positive there a wilingness on all sides to extend their respective stay.
Johnson I think will end up being released along with Shotton Clayton and Rudy.
If we aspire to being a better club than we have been in the past, we have to learn from the big clubs and be more ruthless. Sadly that means players we may like as supporters, but are on a downward trend, must be sold or let go to make way for better prospects. The only worry I have with this is our total inability to spot a good proespect, Friend and Ayala are probably our last buys that fall imto that category, and they are noiw on their way out. Ruthlessness must also apply to our backroom staff and scouting set up.
Johnson is a bottom half championship player at best and average league 1 player at worst. Will be happy to see him go.
Friend, if he has as positive an influence on the dressing room as were led to believe might be worth another year on really reduced terms to be ready to come into the side when needed ala woodgates last year or two.
Johnson is not very good though so I'd rather spend his wages on someone who might be better. I'd rather a specialist LB or LW instead of handy player like Johnson who doesn't excell in either position.