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Fletch will be big hit - AJ

by Stuart Vose

Johnson looking forward to working with striker.

Adam Johnson has backed fellow new boy Steven Fletcher to be a big hit on Wearside.

The pair both joined the club last Friday and made their debuts in the 2-0 midweek win over Morecambe.

Johnson teed up both goals for James McClean, while Fletcher got a useful run-out under his belt having played only 45 minutes during pre-season.

Fletcher has scored 12 Barclays Premier League goals in each of his last two seasons and Johnson was delighted to see him sign at the Stadium of Light.

“There was a lot of talk about Steven signing,” the winger said.

“When I came up to sign I saw him here and it’s good to see top quality players signing.

“It only motivated me more to want to come here and do well."

I think Steven is going to be a big hit here. He can score goals and hopefully I can create a few chances for him.

- Adam Johnson
Johnson opted to swap Manchester City for Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland having won the Barclays Premier League and FA Cup during his time in the north west.

The winger joined City in February 2012 and feels he rounded out his game during his two and a half years at the Etihad Stadium.

“I think I’ve come on as a player just through training with the players they have,” he said.

“Any player is going to progress being at a club like that.

“Being around the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero – the things you learn from them are massive.”