Paul Clement offers assessment of Bradley Johnson's Derby County debut

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Bradley Johnson made his first appearance for Derby County since signing from Norwich City in their weekend victory against Preston North End.

Paul Clement believes that Bradley Johnson gave a good account of his ability on his debut showing for Derby County

The midfielder was brought in from Norwich City on deadline day, and he was thrown in from the start against Preston North End - with his display helping the Rams to claim their first three points of the season in a 2-1 win. 

Johnson was partnered with fellow new boy Jacob Butterfield in the centre of the park, and Clement believes he has already highlighted the qualities he will bring to the team. 

“Johnson showed his experience, also his physicality, aggression and also quality when on the ball," Clement enthused to Derby's official site. “I think he gave us a nice balance with Butterfield, also as a different, more technical, player."

Johnson's move to Derby was somewhat of a shock, as he played such an important role for Norwich last season.

The 28-year-old scored 15 times and made 45 appearances for the Canaries in the 2014/15 campaign, as he helped them achieve promotion to the Premier League. 

Most expected him to play a similarly vital role for the East Anglian outfit this season, but Derby sensed an opportunity and jumped at the chance to recruit him. 

It seems that the initial impact Johnson has made has been good, and he will be hoping to build on his positive debut showing by starring in their midweek match against in-form Reading. 

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