Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players

11 Adam Johnson

  • Position:Midfielder
  • DOB:14/07/1987
  • Origin:England
  • Height(cm):175
  • Weight(kg):63
  • Join Date:24/08/2012

Easington-born Adam kicked off his career at Middlesbrough, where he made his senior debut in a UEFA Cup game against Sporting Clube de Portugal aged 17 in 2005.

Almost six months later, he made his Premier League debut, deputising for the injured Stewart Downing in a 2–1 home win for Boro over Arsenal.

In a bid to gain experience, the next couple of seasons would see the winger enjoy fruitful loan spells at Leeds United and Watford.

During his three-month stint at Watford, the winger turned in a number of impressive displays, notching 12 goals – it was no coincidence that the Hornets' form dipped following his departure.

On his return to the Riverside, Adam finally made his breakthrough.

One of his most memorable moments in a Boro shirt came in the final game of the 2007 where he scored 18-yard screamer moments after coming on as a substitute in their 8–1 victory over Manchester City.

He was an integral part of Boro’s 2009-10 Championship campaign, however, the Teesiders missed out on promotion back to the Premier League and it seemed that his departure would be imminent.

A £7m move to Manchester City would follow and during his three seasons at the Etihad Stadium the pacy winger made 97 appearances, winning the Barclays Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield.

Adam has represented England at both under-19 and under-21 levels. At the time of putting pen to paper with Sunderland he had 11 England caps to his name plus two goals.

Johnson added 39 appearances in his first season on Wearside, scoring five goals, including a fine solo goal in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James' Park.

After completing his debut season, Johnson was soon firing on all cylinders in 2013-14.

His first goal came in the Capital One Cup as the Black Cats scored four in 12 minutes to seal a 4-2 win over MK Dons.

Further goals against Tottenham Hotspur and Carlisle United followed, before a ruthless performance against Manchester United helped provide the Black Cats with a 2-1 advantage heading into the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.

On 11th January 2014 he scored his first career hat-trick, inspiring Sunderland to a 4-1 away win over Fulham.

He also provided the assist for Ki Sung-Yeung’s goal that day, and was subsequently named as the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for January 2014. 

Johnson made 36 appearances scoring five goals during the 2014-15 campaign.

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