- Born: 10/02/1981
- Birthplace: Bedford
- Nationality: English
- Apps/ Goals: 64 (10) / 22
Andrew Johnson became Everton's first permanent signing of the 2006 summer when he joined from Crystal Palace for £8.6m.
Initially, Johnson's career had been held back by the perception that he was too small to prosper as a top level striker. He began at Birmingham City, where he suffered heartbreak by missing a decisive penalty in the 2001 Worthington Cup final shootout defeat to Liverpool.
After failing to really establish himself he was sold to Crystal Palace in 2002 as the makeweight in a transfer deal for Clinton Morrison, taking the value of £750,000 for the purposes of the transaction. While his arrival was not greeted with any real excitement at Palace, the transfer turned out to be a fantastic move for both club and player.
Under the stewardship of Iain Dowie, Johnson's all-round game improved so much that he finished the 2003-04 season as the top scorer in the First Division with 32 goals, helping Palace to promotion to the Premier League.
It didn't stop there. In the 2004/2005 season he was the top English goalscorer in the Premier League and was rewarded with his first England call-up against the Netherlands on 9 February 2005, replacing Wayne Rooney in the 61st minute.
Bizarrely, however, England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson elected to play the proven lone striker in an unfamiliar position down the right, where he gamely fought to impress, but was clearly out of position.
At club level, Palace slipped to relegation despite a brave fight that included a 1-0 win over Liverpool when Johnson scored the game's only goal, one of an impressive 21-goal haul for the season.
Johnson pledged to stay at Selhurst Park to help the club back into the top flight but after failing at the play-off stages, the scramble for his much-coveted signature began.
Everton fought off interest from both Wigan and Bolton in order to secure the striker's services for a fee of £8.6m.
In May 2006, the striker was put on stand-by by Sven Goran Eriksson for his 2006 World Cup squad along with Everton midfielder Phil Neville.
He didn't make it to Germany, but did become a key member of Steve McClaren's England squad during the 2006/07 campaign. He was a hit with Evertonians from day one, scoring six goals in his opening seven league matches including a brace in a famous 3-0 victory over Liverpool.
He went on to finish as top scorer with 11 goals - and could have had many more had he not been harshly treated by referees on a number of occasions concerning penalty claims. His season was cut short by an ankle injury but he returned to fitness in time for the 2007/08 campaign.
AJ's work rate meant he remained a fan favourite, and he finished the season with 10 goals including a spectacular blast against SK Brann.
Rumours began to circulate in July 2008 that Johnson could be on his way from Goodison Park and on August 7 he finalised a move to Fulham, penning a four-year deal.