Darnell Johnson 6


Nationality England

Position Central Defender

Joined Club 30 Sep 2020

Birth Date 3 Sep 1998


  • On Loan From Leicester City
  • Godson of Latics Legend Emile Heskey
  • England Youth International
England youth international defender Darnell Johnson signed for Latics this summer on an initial loan deal from Leicester City until 4 January 2021. Johnson – godson of Latics legend Emile Heskey – has progressed through the academy at Leicester City, whilst also recording over 20 youth international caps across various age groups for England. Yet to play in the Foxes’ first team, Johnson had a brief loan spell with Hibernian in 2019 before returning to Leicester for the 2020-21 pre-season, during which time he was involved with Brendan Rodgers’ first team squad. Most notably, Johnson featured in the same England U19 squad as former Latics Reece James and Dujon Sterling as the young Three Lions won the European Under-19 Championship in 2017.

2020/21 stats


  • 6 appearances
  • 495 minutes played
  • 1 clean sheets
  • 0 assists
  • 0 goals


  • 4
  • 0
  • 21
    Aerial duels won
  • 11
  • 0
    Headed clearances