O'Neill: Johnson still adapting

Martin O'Neill has admitted Adam Johnson has still not adapted to life at Sunderland following his move from Man City.

Last Updated: 02/03/13 at 13:20 Post Comment

Adam Johnson: Has struggled to find top form at Sunderland

Adam Johnson: Has struggled to find top form at Sunderland

The 25-year-old has so far failed to justify the £10million fee that Sunderland paid for him last summer, with his 24 appearances yielding just four goals and four assists.

O'Neill believes the weight of expectation on Wearside, combined with a different status within the team compared to his impact role at the Etihad Stadium, have been difficult for Johnson to come to terms with.

The Sunderland manager said: "When he was playing for Manchester City and was coming on with 20 minutes to go, it was a very different job to what he has now.

"He has come to Sunderland and is almost expected to win games single-handedly - that is not my view, but might be held by a few supporters.

"There is a view that he should go past a couple of players and create something every time he gets the ball. It is a change and it is hard, and he has to come to terms with all of that."

Johnson's dip in form has seen him lose his place in the England team, but O'Neill remains confident in his ability and is convinced he can become a key player for both club and country.

"I would be first to admit there is plenty left for him to produce," the former Aston Villa manager said.

"This is the type of form to show Roy Hodgson he should be in the England squad. I think it has been good for him to come here and there is miles more to come from him.

"He might not have realised when he took on the challenge. At Manchester City, there is degree of comfort in that."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e might be on a hiding to nothing, but I cannae feel any sympathy- You want to know why? Shakira. That's why.

hairpolice
Pique Taking Blame Burden Again...

A

nd this season must feel like one long sigh at the Emirates . Yep, exactly that. Except for Alexis Sanchez, he's ace.

cheshire-gooner
Is Mario Balotelli's Talent Even That 'Obvious'?

H

ey! At least put our first clean sheet in a gazillion years in the winners section. Curse you F365 *shakes fist*

fouloleron
Is Mario Balotelli's Talent Even That 'Obvious'?

Footer 365

Premier League: Harry Redknapp questions Rio Ferdinand's ban as QPR get set to appeal

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has questioned Rio Ferdinand’s ban by the FA and says the club will discuss an appeal.

Premier League: Swansea's Federico Fernandez avoids three-match ban after successful appeal

Swansea have successfully appealed the straight red card issued to Federico Fernandez against Liverpool this week.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says he would 'relish the chance' to play Rangers

Craig Gordon says he would relish the chance to play Rangers if the clubs were paired in the Scottish League Cup semis.

Mail Box

'Pride' Didn't Stop Wenger Signing Flamini

Arsene Wenger's 'pride' in signings is quite rightly pulled apart. We also have a stupidly long email on going back, and one Mailboxer whooping about the FA Cup first round...

Wenger Kept His Pride By Turning Down Cesc

What message would it have sent if Wenger had allowed those that walked out to stroll back in? Plus, why Pochettino needs to adapt and the folly of limiting yourself...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property