Sunderland winger Adam Johnson will have a chance to prove to Manchester City why he feels he should have been given more game time at the club. During his two-and-a-half years at Man City Johnson has a Premier League and FA Cup winners medal in his trophy cabinet, however, you can guarantee that a League Cup winners medal with Sunderland would be the sweetest of the lot.
Johnson’s 7 million move to City from Middlesbrough promised to allow one of England’s brightest talents the chance to showcase his ability on the biggest stages of all in club football, however, he found his chances few and far between.
The 26-year-old was restricted to appearances from the bench more often than not, particularly in Man City’s title winning season, 2011/12, in what turned out to be his last year at the Etihad Stadium before a 10 million move back to the north east with Sunderland.
His performances this season have seen him put himself back in contention for an England place with many fans calling for Johnson to be called up by Roy Hodgson, particularly having scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances. Sunderland haven’t won a major honour since the FA Cup in 1973 and their one and only League Cup final ended in a 1-0 defeat to Norwich City in 1985 through a Gordon Chisholm own goal and Johnson is likely to start at Wembley today in search of a rare trophy win for the Black Cats.