However, City’s Adam Johnson and Spurs’ Aaron Lennon cannot afford to rest on their laurels, after it emerged that Fulham’s Keanu Marsh-Brown may soon be set to provide competition for one of them at club level, and for both at international level.
Marsh-Brown currently plays in Fulham’s reserve side, but due to a lack of first team opportunities has refused to sign a new contract at Craven Cottage and now looks certain for a move to another Premiership club in January, in search of a regular starting role to establish his England credentials.
Both Harry Redknapp and Roberto Mancini are known admirers of the winger, and are thought to be prepared to offer up to £500,000 to secure his services.
And while Lennon may not be too worried about the arrival of another winger as yet, the news will certainly be unwelcome to Johnson, who has already made clear his frustration at a lack of first team action.
Were Johnson to fall further down the pecking order at Eastlands, he may have no choice but to push for a transfer, and would almost certainly be joined in the hunt for a new club by Tottenham’s Niko Kranjčar, who himself looks set to leave after languishing on the bench this season.