Adam Johnson

New boy's career so far

by Stuart Vose

Johnson's career journey so far.

England international Adam Johnson progressed through ranks of Middlesbrough's Academy and was part the Boro Under-18 side which won the 2004 Youth Cup.

He made his senior debut at 17 in May 2005 in a UEFA Cup tie in Portugal against Sporting Lisbon, with his Premier League bow coming six months later in a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Riverside Stadium.

In 2006 and early 2007, Johnson moved to Leeds United on loan in order to gain first-team experience, then enjoyed a more successful temporary move at Watford, where he scored five goals in 12 games during a three-month spell.

Easington-born Johnson's pacy and direct style from the left-wing earned him a call-up to England Under-19s, going on to represent England Under-21s nine times, scoring four goals.

The youngster featured more regularly in the 2008-09 season, making 32 appearances and was part of the Three Lions squad that competed in the 2009 European Championship finals in Sweden.

His form in the following campaign drew the attention of Manchester City who he joined in February 2010 for an undisclosed fee. During his six years on Teesside, Johnson played 96 matches for Middlesbrough, scoring 13 goals.

The winger was an instant hit at the Etihad Stadium, winning the man-of-the-match award on his full debut against Bolton Wanderers and then coming off the bench to score a spectacular late equaliser against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in March.

His performances had earned him a call-up to Fabio Capello's 30-man England squad for the friendly against Egypt earlier that year, but he did not make the final 23-man squad.

But a senior international debut wasn’t far away as Johnson made his bow against Mexico at Wembley in May 2010.

The winger enjoyed an impressive 2010-11 season as the Blues won the FA Cup, but the club went one better the following campaign when City claimed the Barclays Premier League title on the final day with a dramatic 3-2 win over QPR.

To date, Johnson has made 234 appearances in all competitions, scoring 36 goals and has represented England 11 times, netting twice.