In the last few weeks Sunderland have enjoyed a real upturn in their fortunes in the Premier League.
The Black Cats are now in with a good chance of surviving the drop to the second tier this season. One of the key reasons for the Black Cats recent improvement is the form of winger Adam Johnson.
The England international has been in outstanding form in the last the last four games. Johnson has scored six times in those four games and also created two goals for his teammates.
His form has inspired the Black Cats to pick-up vital victories over Fulham, Stoke and last weekend’s 3-0 win at north east rivals Newcastle.
His current run of form has been the most consistent of the season so far. If he keeps up his current decent form then no doubt he will help his team to pick up more wins for the remainder of the season.
Johnson must be one of the most frustrating players in the top-flight to manage. He has so much talent, yet performs so inconsistently. The former-Manchester City winger tends to enjoy good spells in spurts, his recent run of form has been an example of that.
When he joined Manchester City from Middlesbrough he was expected to develop into an England regular and a regular starter in the City team, such was his potential and talent. Unfortunately it never happened, as he struggled for first team starts and consistency.
The move to Sunderland has seen him play regular first team football, but even in the north east he has been inconsistent. Johnson hit a bit of good form towards the end of last season, when Paolo Di Canio took over at the club and helped stave off the threat of relegation.
However, he made a lukewarm start to the season and his team slipped to the bottom of the Premier League table, that all seems to have changed with the arrival of new boss Gus Poyet though.
Johnsons recent run of form has led to Johnson dreaming of making it back into the England squad for the World Cup. The winger has not been involved with the Three Lions since just before Euro 2012.
Asked about England, Johnson told Sky Sports: “Of course, I have missed it. The best thing of all is to play for England. A few months ago, I didn’t think I had a chance but maybe I do now.”
The way the season is going he may just have a big chance of making that England squad. Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson will watch Johnson in Sunderland’s game against Hull on Saturday. It will be Johnson’s chance to impress the England boss.
His consistent performances in recent weeks must have caught the attention of the England boss, especially with the Three Lions looking quite short on in-form wide players. Arsenal winger Theo Walcott will miss the World Cup through injury. Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon has been just as inconsistent as Johnson this season. Manchester United’s Ashley Young is another that has not exactly been outstanding this season.
Arsenal’s Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain has just returned from injury, but seems set for a run in the centre of midfield for the Gunners. Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has been used as a winger for the Three Lions in recent games, but has impressed while playing up front for United.
Adam Johnson could be a very useful option for Roy Hodgson to have at his disposal, especially on the left-wing.
Adam Johnson needs to keep putting in consistent performances for Sunderland if he has any chance of making it into the England squad for the World Cup. Johnson has spent much of his career being inconsistent, if he wants to get back into contention for that England squad he has to break that habit.
Sunderland fans will be hoping that Johnson can do it, but the winger’s history suggests that his form may not last long. He is a very good player on his day and I really hope he succeeds in keeping up his form for the remainder of the season and makes that England squad.
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