Johnson relishing Boro visit

by Kate Smith

Winger looking forward to facing former club.

Summer signing Adam Johnson is chomping at the bit to be involved in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup clash with local rivals Middlesbrough. 

The Wear-Tees derby is an encounter all players want to be involved in, however, the game holds a little more prominence for Johnson, who started his career with the Championship side. 

Tuesday night is going to be good. I can’t wait

- Adam Johnson

Easington-born Johnson came through the ranks at Middlesbrough’s Academy. He made his senior debut in an UEFA Cup game against Sporting Clube de Portugal at the tender age of just 17 in 2005.

Johnson became a crowd favourite at the Riverside Stadium and was a regular in the England under-21 squad, before leaving his hometown club in a big money move to Manchester City in 2010.

 Ahead of the game with Middlesbrough, Johnson told “Tuesday night is going to be good. I can’t wait.

“I’ll hopefully get to see a few familiar faces and some old friends. I’m looking forward to playing against the team that gave me my chance.”

Johnson hasn’t come up against Boro since his departure to the Etihad Stadium.

“I haven’t been back there since I left or played against them in the three years since, I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to do so,” Johnson added.

“There’ll be family at the game –I think there’s about two boxes full going – so it’s going to be nice occasion.

“Hopefully Sunderland can get the result to top it off!”