Andrew Johnson recently became Everton’s record signing when he completed his move from Crystal Palace for Ã‚Â£8.6million. Andy Johnson began his career at Birmingham City but couldn’t find any real consistency in his game and will mostly be remember for his miss in the penalty shoot out in the 2001 League Cup final against Liverpool. Shortly after this he left Bimringham City to Crystal Palace as part of the deal that took Clinton Morrison in the other direction. This was the point when his career began to take off. Johnson scored an extremely impressive 32 in the First Division and eventually saw Crystal Palace promoted to the Premiership.
It was in the 2004/5 season in the Premiership with Crystal Palace that Johnson aqquired many of his admirers including Everton manager David Moyes. Johnson scored 21 league goals this season and was the leading English goalscorer in the Premiership. However his goals couldn’t quite keep Palace up and they returned to the second tier of English football. However it wasn’t all disappointment in this season for Johnson, he gained England recognition by winning his only two England Caps to date.
In the 2005/6 season Johnson suffered from a series of injuries, which meant he couldn’t gain any kind of consitency to his game. Despite this Johnson still managed to score 17 goals in all competitions and secured a spot on the stand-by list for the England World Cup squad. Soon after being named in this squad their was a race to sign Johnson between Bolton, Wigan and Everton with Everton eventually winning the race. With 85 goals in 154 games for Crystal Palace Johnson will be hoping he can take that form when he becomes an Everton player.