Date: 1st January 2020 at 8:30am
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Sadou Diallo’s nightmare loan spell at Accrington Stanley has come to an end, but Connor Johnson isn’t so fortunate. The 21-year-old joined Kilmarnock in September and has made just three appearances in the last four months.

Johnson has been an unused substitute for the majority of the season and has publicly admitted that he’s struggling to adapt to Scottish football. As per Transfermarkt, the centre-back made his debut nearly two months after joining on loan, playing a full 90 minutes in Killie’s 2-1 defeat to Motherwell (October 30).

He had to wait almost one-and-a-half months before playing again, starting in a 1-0 defeat to Ross County (December 14) and 1-0 defeat to Motherwell (December 21). Wolves may want Johnson’s loan cancelled in January if he isn’t getting regular action, but Kilmarnock may argue they need still him.

The Englishman is contracted at Kilmarnock until May 31 and is providing a backup role on the bench, so it’s unlikely he’ll be allowed to leave Rugby Park without a replacement being signed.

Johnson is currently behind Alex Bruce, Dario Del Fabro and Stuart Findlay in the pecking order, but Angelo Alessio’s sacking may give him an opportunity to impress a new manager.

Kilmarnock have struggled this season. They currently sit seventh in the Premiership with 23 points from 21 games and have lost their last five matches. It’s been a rude awakening for Johnson.

Where do the club most need to invest in January?

Strikers

Strikers

Central midfielders

Central midfielders

Wing-backs

Wing-backs

Central defenders

Central defenders

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