Adam Johnson was once considered to be the solution to an ongoing problem at left wing for England just a few short years ago.

The winger had been seen as the man to replace Stewart Downing at Middlesbrough and shone during his time with the Teeside club in the Championship.

Soon afterwards Manchester City, with new found money to spend, came knocking and it looked like a fairytale move for Johnson to step up and make a name for himself.

Opportunities to really show what he could do when running with the ball were few and far between whilst playing his football in Manchester and his progression was halted with fleeting substitute appearances.

Johnson was still able to notch 11 goals for Manchester City scoring at a rate of one goal in seven appearances which is a reasonable return considering many of those were coming from the bench.

However, a move to Sunderland with an eye on more first team football was a sensible choice for Johnson and though the team has lost ground on their rivals with a recent home defeat against Aston Villa, Johnson's reputation has not suffered.

With the scores tied at 1-1, Gus Poyet turned to the speedy wide player to make a difference and his impact on the Capital One Cup semi final first leg was instantly noticeable.

Direct running with supreme agility brought about a foul from Tom Cleverley to give Sunderland the chance to take a significant advantage in the tie which was duly dispatched by Fabio Borini.

His England career has stalled somewhat in recent times and though it looks unlikely that he will add to his 11 senior national caps this summer in Brazil, performing as Poyet knows he can could cause problems for Roy Hodgson in the not so distant future.

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