I have often wrote about my admiration of England winger Adam Johnson and how he should be snapped up rather than left to rot under Mancini yet no one appears to have listened. So now that the Metro reports that he is definitely going to do one from the Etihad I have decided it is my duty to give 3 teams in the Premier League my blessing to buy this player. I am of course joking as the likeliness of a Premier League manager looking to me for advice is as likely as Luis Suarez scoring a goal after less than 10 attempts.
Yes they have two outstanding wingers and yes they need a striker more but with rumours coming from White Hart Lane that Bale wants to play more central, freeing up room for a left footed winger, Adam Johnson would fit the bill perfectly.
Spurs are an ambitious club looking for Champions League football and although they lost to Newcastle in AVB’s first game in charge there were promising signs. Johnson is a player that loves to entertain and would fit into the Spurs line up if AVB decided to give Bale more freedom behind whoever ends up playing up front. This would push Sigurdsson further back and give the midfield less protective cover for the defence but it creates another option.
At around £6million it still leaves around £20 of the reported £26million they will receive for Modric available to spend on a striker, making Johnson almost a no-brainer.
It wasn’t the best start for Brendan Rodgers at the Hawthorns who may have been slightly unlucky with some refereeing decisions but his team were certainly second best. With Suarez, Borini and Carroll in your strike force they could enhance there squad massively with another winger in there team. It would also relieve some of the pressure that Johnson former team mate, Stewart Downing, is certainly feeling as the sole winger in the team.
Adam Johnson’s ability to score goals could be priceless with Suarez again showing that he maybe a technically gifted player but is as good at finishing as another former Liverpool striker, Emile Heskey.
Two of Swansea’s stars last season were Scott Sinclair and Lloyd Dyer who excelled on the wings under Rodgers strategy. Imagine, Liverpool fans, if he could implement the same philosophy with Stewart Downing and Adam Johnson. It may not sound great on paper but when both of these players are on form they are wonderful to watch. For example Downing’s last season at Villa and Johnson’s burst onto the scene a few years a go.
Liverpool need another winger to give them more options and help bring Andy Carroll back from the brink, even if they are going to sell him which would stupid due to the potential plan B he brings to the attack. Liverpool are one of the teams interested in this cut price star and would do well to make a move sooner rather than later.
In Martin O’Neil’s first game back he showed that Sunderland have back bone. They may have been lucky that the new Arsenal attack looked a bit rusty but the defence was solid. Now they just need to invest in a forward and another winger so Martin O’Neil’s counter attacking ideology can come to life.
Sunderland’s best attacking players last season by a country mile were Stephane Sessegnon and James McClean. The team from the north east also posses three good quality holding midfielders in Jack Colback, Craig Gardner and Lee Cattermole. Along with Seb Larsson, O’Neil is starting to create a team that excels on the counter attack. He did it with Aston Villa and almost brought Champions League football to the club, with this ambition he could convince Adam Johnson to return to the North East.
Even though Adam Johnson would prefer a move to a more historic club I would love him to move to Sunderland and do something special. Aston Villa won’t be able to come as close to the top four as they did under O’Neil but with a few more signatures Sunderland will at least challenge for Europe. Whether Johnson would see this as too much of a step down remains to be seen but it always makes fans happy to see a team upstage the big spenders.With Johnson, Sunderland could become that team.
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