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One to Watch - Adam Johnson

Name: Adam Johnson

Date of Birth: 14/7/1987

Nationality: England

Former Clubs: Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Watford, Manchester City

League Appearances (Goals): 195 (30)

International Appearances (Goals): 12 (2)

Stat of the Day: Adam Johnson has averaged 53 touches per league game in November so far, compared to 41 in September and 43 in October

Player Profile: As an English left-footed midfielder with bags of potential you would have thought Adam Johnson would now be a regular feature in the international side whilst taking the Premier League by storm every weekend. Unfortunately, and as Johnson recently alluded to himself, he mistakenly joined Manchester City in 2010 where his career quickly took a nose-dive and he found himself out on the City trash line of forgotten talent. He has since advised young English players to avoid the bright lights of playing for the Champions - something which Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell are quickly finding out - and concentrate on making a name for yourself elsewhere. Johnson`s Sunderland career has admittedly not taken the Premier League by storm, but the pacey winger is slowly settling into his role at the Stadium of Light, and the player once tipped for great things could well be the one to kick-start Sunderland`s season.

Martin O`Neill worked wonders with wide men Stewart Downing and Ashley Young at Aston Villa and will be hoping he can do the same with Johnson. With Steven Fletcher leading the line for Sunderland, Johnson`s precise and effective crossing should pose plenty of threat for any opposition. QPR`s shambolic attempt at defending set-pieces will be under closer scrutiny on Tuesday with the delivery of both Johnson and counterpart Sebastian Larsson. Harry Redknapp will be hoping that Johnson takes one more game before he finally comes flying out of the blocks at Sunderland.

Player History:

Snapped up by Middlesbrough`s youth academy as a 12-year old, Johnson made his debut for Boro just five years later in the UEFA Cup. His first five seasons at the club saw him struggle for starts, though; with Stewart Downing the preferred option on the left flank, most of Johnson`s 70 league appearances came as a sub and, with game time limited, he returned just two goals. Loan spells at Leeds and Watford brought five goals from 17 games but Downing`s departure to Aston Villa in 2009-10 afforded him a chance to finally cement a regular role on Teeside.

Plying his trade in the Championship, Johnson`s superb form caught the eye of many suitors. With 11 goals and nine assists in 26 matches, Sunderland were keen on acquiring his services but it was Manchester City who snapped him up on the final day of the January transfer window. Unable to nail down a starting berth, Johnson`s form dipped at the Etihad and his first half-season produced just a single goal from 16 league appearances. With cash to splash, Roberto Mancini bolstered his first-team squad and Johnson, once again, reverted to the role of impact sub, with the Italian critical of his lack of defensive contribution. Johnson managed 11 goals in 73 appearances for City, before Martin O`Neill moved to snap up the midfielder for a fee of 10 million in August.

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Date:Monday November 26 2012

Time: 9:14PM

Your Comments

His career didn't take a nosedive when he joined City, the complete opposite in fact. He was stuck down in theChampionship with Boro and City gave him his break, he then went on to earn his first England call up and won FA Cup and Premier League winners medals.
Bluedub
Also, Rodwell played up until his injury. But don't let facts get in the way having a cheap dig at City, eh?
Hominid
I agree with Daniel, yes in terms of stature he joined a bigger club, but as a career move it wasn't forward thinking. In a round about way he's at a club that he probably should have joined in the first place. We don't mind City at this club, no agenda here.
Boxer
I know there's no agenda Boxer but tell me when Johnson looks back on his career do you think he may be grateful for the medals he has won? His move to City ensured he has something to show for his career and it brought him to the attention of the wider footballing public. If he had joined a mid table Prem club would there be any guarantees that he would have got his first England call up? You know how it works, in general players that are playing for the clubs at the top end of the table get a fairer crack of the whip at international level. What was bad for Johnson's career was Johnson himself, instead of keeping his head down and working hard he enjoyed the party scene a little too much, sadly this fate seems to befall a number of young English football talents.
Bluedub
I understand what you're saying entirely, but as a professional I'd look back and question whether I'd earned earned that medal? Yes it will sit there as a signifier as to the club he played for, but has HE earned it? Not many performances, goals to speak of. Scott Sinclair has just done the same thing to himself. He may get hold of a trophy or two, but in truth they won't be down to his contribution. I give you the fact that it gave him an England cap or two but again I don't buy that he made the correct move going to City. Sunderland is about his level to my mind.
Boxer
Must agree with Boxer. When I first saw Johnson, I thought, at last England may have a winger worthy of the name. However, he, like Stewart Downing, moved to a bigger club, and went the same way, in that he stopped developing and almost stagnated. I don't for a minute think that it was MCFC's fault, more the player. A lot of young players go to a big club and fizzle out once their egos get inflated and they think that they dont have to work so hard anymore. Another good example would be David Bentley when he went to Spurs. Boxer and danielqpr don't go around digging out clubs, however, players who fail to live up to their billing due to their "I'm a sar" attituds are fair game for everyone.
QPR4Me
Don't get me wrong lads, I'm not having a go at anyone here, I'm just giving my opinion on Johnson and his career from a City fan's perspective.
Bluedub
And it's valued, end of the day you've seen him play more than we have. The fact seems to be that he didn't earn his corn or indeed trinkets at City and has now dropped down a tier. It's a comment on how far your club has gone Bluedub! And 4Me, at last we find something to agree upon :)
Boxer
Cheers Boxer, good luck tonight.
Bluedub
 

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