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Adam Johnson…Could He Star For Club and Country In The Future?

england fans Adam Johnson...Could He Star For Club and Country In The Future?

While the injury to Theo Walcott would have slightly marred England’s excellent 3-1 win in Basel, it did give Manchester City winger Adam Johnson a chance to enhance his ever growing reputation. The former Middlesbrough man did just that with an confident display that saw him get his second England goal in as many games.

The performance of Johnson summed up a year in which his only disappointment was failing to earn a surprise call-up in to the England World Cup squad. Capello’s decision to opt against taking Johnson to South Africa was another one  grave mistakes from the Italian that lead to the oh so disappointing tournament in South Africa.

Ever since Johnson’s move to Eastlands in January, the 23-year-old’s progress has been remarkable and he is now arguably the brightest young prospect for both club and country. His rise to prominence has been nothing short of spectacular. For years he played second fiddle to Stewart Downing at the Riverside but ever since Downing’s move to Aston Villa, Johnson hasn’t looked back.

In the Championship he showed his potential and class and Roberto Mancini soon took the plunge on the highly rated winger. In an era of big money transfers at Eastlands, it made a refreshing change to see them not only snap up an English prospect, but throw him straight in to the first-team.

It begs the question why nobody else took a punt with Johnson?  Compared to some young prospects he was relatively cheap, and although he achieved most of the success for Middlesbrough in the Championship he did have Premier League experience. I’d certainly rather have Johnson in my side then most, if not all of the young Premier League wingers.

But it was City that did and the result has been nothing sort of extraordinary as Johnson brushed aside the likes of Shaun Wright Phillips and Stephen Ireland to earn a regular starting place. Mancini opted to deploy Johnson on the right, which compensates for his lack of genuine pace allowing him to cut inside on to his deadly left foot.

The question is how good could Johnson be?  If he continues his rapid progression then his potential is endless and I bet the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are looking back with regret that they never took a chance on the future England star.

9 Responses to Adam Johnson…Could He Star For Club and Country In The Future?

  1. Habsternaut says:

    AJ is the best!
    CTID

  2. Thomas says:

    In the matches I’ve seen Johnson play, he’s been outstanding.

    He was by far the most dangerous player on the pitch v. Liverpool.

    He has that certain “it” factor. Every time the ball is at his feet you expect him to do something exciting. City focused much of their play through the wide man.

    As much doom and gloom as we have seen around the England squad following a relatively disastrous outing in South Africa, Johnson leads the way on a crop of very promising youngsters. Milner may get more press and hype, and he deserves it, but Johnson may well become a bigger star when it’s all said and done. Milner, Johnson, Walcott (who has looked impressive of late), as well as a horde of other solid youngsters could make England a very dangerous side come the Euros.

    And who said England doesn’t have any technically gifted players..

  3. The Gaffer says:

    I think the two recent games played by England show the mistakes that Capello made pre-World Cup. Joe Hart and Adam Johnson should have been starters.

    What I’m most interested in now is to see what other Premier League players can burst through the England ranks to secure a permanent position. Jagielka and Cahill have been refreshing. So too has been Bent and Defoe, not that they’re strangers to the England team.

    The sooner that the likes of Terry, Lampard and other cronies are not automatic starters for England, the better.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • Sir Guy says:

      Amen.

      Experience is important, but it should never be the be-all and end-all in choosing a side.

      No automatic starters!……well, except for Joe and Adam and James and….. ;-)

    • brn442 says:

      I thought Cappello made a huge mistake when Johnson wasn’t even in the squad for South Africa. He was young, dynamic, in form, and full of confidence. Hope Lampard doesn’t just automatically get his place back.

  4. Lermio Lermasaurus says:

    Gaffer, why do you consider John Terry and Frank Lampard, two world class footballers, “cronies”. Just curious.

    • pleming says:

      How soon until we see a fresh XI for England? After Euro 2012, I think the attitude needs to be out with the old, in with the guys who will be primed in 2014… I don’t see any automatic holding mids to parter with Rodwell, who I am very excited by… Cattermole maybe as a pitbull to sit along side him and allow him some freedom? And the issue of a forward ST for 2014 is up for debate in my mind… if ACarroll progresses over the next couple of years, maybe he can jump up in front of Rooney. I like his aggressiveness and willingness to chase… not sure he has speed or technical ability at WC level. Maybe Walcott jumps up front and plays the Defoe role? I’m not sold on his ‘poaching’ abilities yet. Still a winger in my mind. Despite being a Spurs fan, I’m not sure on Huddlestone’s pace at the WC level, nor Dawson as a starting CB, so let’s hope somone like Shawcross can up his game as well…

      Hart;
      GJohnson,GCahill,MDawson,LBaines;
      AJohnson,JRodwell,LCattermole,TWalcott;
      WRooney;
      ?????????;

      But in the meantime- keep the eye on Euro’s, let this bunch mix in with the current crop…

    • The Gaffer says:

      Because they both play on the same team and seemingly both skipped out on England duty to recover from “injuries.” Club is far more important to them than national team.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

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