He’s 23-years-old, an extremely talented footballer desperate to impress, is just as good with either foot, and lights up the Wembley pitch every time he puts on an England shirt.
No two ways about it, every time he has come on he has delivered. How many Premiership clubs would love to have such a talent in their starting 11 let alone on their bench?
Yep, he’s even home-grown, so he ticks the box on squad regulations, too.
He is Adam Johnson, to be found on the Manchester City bench most weekends. Because, for all the player’s attributes, his manager would just as happily field Shaun Wright-Phillips, or the awe-inspiring Mario Balotelli, and I can’t be the only one who thinks Roberto Mancini is letting a fantastic talent, and if given the chance, life-long servant of the club, go completely to waste.
Well, apparently I’m not the only one: Steve Bruce is with me. The Sunderland boss is ready to end Johnson’s Eastlands nightmare and bring him back to the North-east, according to reports published in the Guardian this morning.
Johnson is valued at around £5m, which would certainly not price Bruce out of a move, although if the City bosses have any sense at all, they may decide to loan Johnson out to Sunderland in January for the remainder of the season, giving them the option to buy next summer.
That way, they can’t lose: Sunderland get their man straight away, and if Johnson fails to impress the powers-that-be at City sufficiently, they can sell him and buy an expensive replacement next summer.
Clubs that would benefit from Adam have to include the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham who are looking to shore up their squads.
Would you take him? Or will City do a ‘Bellamy’ and just let him fester?