A stylish midfielder, who looked old beyond his years, but never really got a chance to settle at White Hart Lane, staying for just one season.
Starting his career in his homeland with HFC Haarlem, Metgod built a reputation as a cultured defender, who was snapped up by AZ Alkmaar. Johnny spent a successful period of six years with the club, during which he won lots of domestic trophies and was a UEFA Cup finalist in 1982, losing out to Ipswich Town.
However, his displays brought him tot he attention of Real Madrid and with a keen eye for good distribution from the back, his skills were thought ideally suited to the Spanish game. Despite playing a lot of football, Johnny failed to hold down a place in the manager's mind, if he had in the team and in 1984, Brian Clough signed him for Nottingham Forest. He had a great time at the City Ground and his hammer-like free-kicks became a trademark as he played well in Clough's system.
But a big bid in 1987 from Tottenham secured the services of the Dutchman, along with his defensive team-mate Chris Fairclough. Brought in as a replacement for the departed Glenn Hoddle, much was expected of Metgod, but when David Pleat left his post as Spurs manager and Terry Venables came in, the new boss had his own thoughts and Johnny left the following summer to return home to play out his career with Feyenoord, which brought him more silverware for his collection.
Following his retirement from the game, Johnny has taken to coaching and has spent a lot of time between 1994 and 2007 holding various posts at both Rotterdam clubs - Feyenoord and Excelsior. Moved to Portsmouth to take up a coaching position in 2007, but left in 2009, when financial restrictions hit the South Coast club, moving on to link up with Nigel Clough as a coach at Derby County.
Spent the summer of 2010 at the World Cup in South Africa, scouting for the KNVB (Dutch FA).
It was a shame Metgod came to Tottenham at the wrong time as far as his own fortunes were concerned. A cool customer, who could tackle, pass like a dream and shoot with power, his height gave him an imperious presence in midfield, where he moved once he came to England. It is unfortunate that Johnny Metgod was not one of the players Tottenham got the best out of.