I’m no Babel, warns John

Ola John says he has joined a “great club” in Deportivo La Coruna but has warned fans not to expect a second coming of Ryan Babel.

John completed a loan move to Depor for the rest of the season on Friday, with comparisons between him and predecessor Babel quickly arising due to both attackers being Dutch and known for their pace.

“I’m very happy to be here, [Depor] are a great club with a great history and the Spanish League is a great League,” the Benfica-owned player told Marca after his medical.

“The people at the club gave me a good feeling. [Ryan] Babel also told me they were a good club, a good family and that’s what matters.

“Staying beyond this season? That will depend on how this season goes. If I score goals and do well, you’ll see me here next season.

“When I was little, one of my favourite players was Albert Luque. I’m also one week away [from match fitness].

“I’m a typical winger in that I like to cross the ball, give it to the strikers and one-on-ones. I also like to score goals.

“I hope to get minutes, improve and show the Coach that I deserve to play.

“Pressure to replace Babel? I’m a different player. That’s how football is, there are players that come and those that go, but there’s always pressure.”

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