Jinky Johnson Set For The Top

His rise to the top of the game seems to have been full on over the past week or so, especially after scoring two goals in two international appearances in recent days.

Yet, Adam Johnson (pictured above) has always been set for the top of the game in England and who knows he may venture abroad in years to come.

He rose to prominence as the under-study to Stewart Downing at Middlesbrough and once Downing moved onto pastures new (£12million to Aston Villa), Johnson made the left-wing berth at ‘Boro’ his own and produced several stunning performances in the Championship.

With his contract due for a summer renewal and Johnson eager to ply his trade at the top-level of the game, he made the bargain £6 million move to Manchester City in January of this year. A move that propelled Johnson onto the national and ultimately international stage.

Several silky wing displays from the Sunderland born winger (pictured above in City colours) resulted in international recognition towards the end of last season though his development appeared to come to soon to make the England World Cup cut.

A decision with hindsight maybe Fabio Capello may regret, along with the omission of Theo Walcott from the South Africa 23 as the team were humiliated in the last 16 against the old enemy, Germany.

This decision appears to have been vindicated this season as both players have produced excellent club and international performances, with Johnson replacing Walcott in the two recent European Championship qualifiers and has gone on to score in both of these fixtures, with two reasonable finishes from his adopted right-wing role. 

The £6 million City paid Middlesbrough is beginning to look a snip in terms of the monies they have spent in recent seasons on players who don’t even match up to Johnson and his promising abilities.

At 23, he is set to play at the top of the game for many a year to come and before his move to Manchester City he was widely linked with a move abroad, notably to Real Madrid, something I feel he will do and do with apparent ease in his glittering future.

His hero, Ryan Giggs, was respected for been a one club player, though I feel Johnson (pictured above in Premier League action against Burnley last season), will venture abroad as he appears to like the challenges put in-front of him and he seems to meet them head on and more importantly he succeeds with every challenge he meets.

Jinky Johnson has his the top-level of the game and is another product of the Middlesbrough Rockcliffe Academy to reach the dizzy heights of International football, the only questions which remain are; can he stay there and will any others join him for the long-term?

Time will tell…

Keep performing Adam and never forget your Sunderland roots and Middlesbrough development years.



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