Adam Johnson’s days at the City Of Manchester Stadium could be numbered.
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ADAM JOHNSON is desperate to make Manchester City the champions of England – the only problem is he cannot get on the pitch often enough to help it happen.
The winger has been a frustrated figure this season as a bit-part player in the club’s title bid.
He is seen by critics as an example of Roberto Mancini’s perceived caution.
The manager himself has hit out at Johnson claiming he has got carried away with the praise he has received over the past year and is NOT a top player.
Johnson just wants to play and if his chances continue to be restricted at City he knows he might have to do that somewhere else.
The forward, 23, said: “Every footballer has to think about it when the time comes.
“It is still early but I definitely would consider it.” (The Sun)
The strange thing about this story is it is easy to see both viewpoints.
Adam Johnson has proven himself to have plenty of talent, and is a rare spark in the Manchester City side at present. He is both creative and a goal threat.
However, if he is not working in as professional a manner as he might – whether going out drinking or failing to put in the effort to improve tactically – perhaps Roberto Mancini is right to call him out on his approach.
This would be a justifiable reason to keep a player on the bench, and perhaps Johnson would be better off heeding Mancini’s words.
“I think he can improve a lot more if he thinks more when he plays,” said Mancini.
“He’s a good player but he’s just 23 years old, he’s played 20 games in the Premier League and it’s impossible to think of him now as a top player.
“For this, he must work, he must think, he must work for the team, not two dribbles, two crosses. In a top team you need more.
“If you’re only doing two dribbles you can’t be the best player on the pitch.
“You must do dribbling, score a goal, you must defend, you must help your team-mates.
Whilst the Sun reported that as a “stinging attack”, perhaps it was just the kick up the backside that Johnson needs?
If the player took it as a personal affront though, he would have no shortage of suitors. Liverpool most certainly need pace on the flanks, while Tottenham and Aston Villa have a habit of picking up young English players.
Adam Johnson cost around £6m when he signed for Manchester City. If he was available for £10m or so a year later, clubs would form an orderly queue for his signature.