Manchester City didn’t face any problems crushing Sunderland 3-0 at home on Saturday. It was a frustrating day for the visitors and especially for Adam Johnson. The former City winger was shown the door this summer and he had few points to prove. The Black Cats failed and he failed miserably too.
Prior to the match, he made some comments which leave little food for thought for everyone. He has vented his frustration on his former club which apparently gives an impression of a bold statement but on thinking deep, you get a different picture that doesn’t vindicate his claims.
“As you can see, it has turned out that way as well with recent signings. It is difficult. It is excellent when a club like City come for you and you’re going to play for the champions, but you don’t actually play for the champions. You’re a squad member, it’s totally different. Now, if I was a young lad, I probably wouldn’t go to City,” said Johnson as quoted in the Telegraph.
He was one of the highly talented youngsters in the country when City bought him for £7m and everyone expected him to become one of the key players for England in future. English players usually lack technical skills but same allegations cannot be raised against him. He came at the Etihad with lots of promise but somehow things didn’t go right for him.
Talking about chances, it was clear that at City, Mancini will rotate his players as he possesses an extensive squad. Here, you will have to take your chances. He was given enough chances too. He made 26 league appearances last season and 31 the season before. The former Boro player played in more number of matches than Mario Balotelli last season, but what sets them apart is the Italian made the best use of his chances while he didn’t. The much maligned striker went on to play for Italy in the Euros while Johnson was seen no where near the vicinity of England camp in the summer.
He is a fascinating player to watch when on song. The Englishman is supremely talented and probably after Silva and Nasri, the best creative player in the side. But, he was never a hard worker. David Silva or Samir Nasri not only help the side with their creativity but overall their involvement in terms of work rate is admirable. And that’s why James Milner, a guy with less creative talent used to get the nod ahead of him regularly, especially against big teams.
The player said “It’s not that you’re not good enough, it’s just that the likes of Yaya Toure are going to play ahead of you no matter what you do.”
This is really hilarious. For a moment, forget about Yaya’s talent. Forget that he is the pillar of strength and backbone of this team. But, what has that guy got to do with Johnson in terms of getting regular matches? He is a central midfielder and the Englishman is a winger. How on earth the former Barcelona man can take his position is beyond me!
The most frustrating thing about Johnson is he was never a regular performer for City. When Nasri was failing miserably in the first half of the season, he should have stepped up to the plate and cemented his position in the side. But consistency was the demon that prevented him from becoming a top class player. In fact, he never gave Mancini the chance to hand him a proper run of games.
Having said all this, I really do feel City could have stuck with him like what they are doing with Balotelli now. But once you get the tag of an ‘impact sub’, the way up the ladder is hard to reach. In this case, he is responsible for his own downfall.