Connor Johnson could have an uncertain future at Wolverhampton Wanderers as another loan move has gone sour. A lack of first-team football led Johnson to seek a temporary stints at Telford United (September 5, 2017 – January 31, 2018), Walsall (August 31, 2018 – May 31, 2019) and Kilmarnock (September 2, 2019 – present), but he’s struggled for appearances at all three clubs.
The 21-year-old has spent the season at Rugby Park, featuring only five times in all competitions. Johnson didn’t make his Kilmarnock debut until October 2019, made only one appearance up until mid-December and has only played twice in 2020. Stuart Findlay, Dario Del Fabro, Kirk Broadfoot and Alex Bruce had been preferred at centre-back under Angelo Alessio.
Bruce has since left so Johnson will at least stay in the matchday squad, but he’s not getting many opportunities on the pitch. It was a similar situation at Telford (one appearance) and Walsall (11 appearances) too, so it’s hard to see him having a future upon his return to Molineux.
Johnson will turn 22 next month and really needs to be playing regular first-team football by now, but Nuno Espirito Santo let Jesus Vallejo and Ryan Bennett leave Wolves in January as they weren’t getting a game, so what chance does the young centre-back have of featuring?