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Will Newcastle Go After Manchester City’s Adam Johnson?

11:20 am, Saturday, April 14th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

News today in the Daily Mail that Roberto Mancini has decided to sell former Middlesbrough winger, Adam Johnson, at the end of the season.

Adam Johnson - Manchester City winger available in summer

Johnson was born in Sunderland, but contrary to some news reports,  he was a Newcastle fan as a boy not a Sunderland fan, and even joined Newcastle United as a youngster.

But it looks like Johnson, who joined Manchester City from Middlesbrough for a reported £7M fee back in January of 2010, wants a change of clubs so he can get regular football.

And it seems the 24-year old, who has played for England 10 times with two goals, will be a strong Sunderland target, with Everton also interested.

The £50K/week wages he is earning at City may put Everton at a disadvantage over Sunderland.

It seems to us that Roberto Mancini has never rated the England winger, who gave Newcastle target  Erik Pieters such a runaround in the recent England - Holland game at Wembley.

Roberto seems to have trouble getting Adam to track back and defend for City, and that’s one reason the lad  gets few games at the Etihad club.

But that would hardly be a problem for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew,  who has a way of getting the very best out of his players, and Ben Arfa now tracks back and works so hard for the side these days.

We think if Pardew can get ben Arfa to track back, it would be an easy matter to have Adam do the required defensive work at Newcastle.

Adam made his debut for Middlesbrough in the 2004-2005 season and ended up playing for them 120 times with 21 goals before moving to City, where he has played 90 times with 14 goals.

Adam was on loan at Leeds in the 2006-2007 season and played five times and was on loan at Watford in 2007-2008, where he played 12 times with five goals.

A year or so ago Newcastle would be very interested in Johnson, but with the emergence of Ben Arfa on the right wing, and young Shane Ferguson coming through nicely on the left wing, we’re not sure the Magpies will be interested this time around.

We could be wrong on that, but the reported £10M fee is a bit much to pay for Newcastle – we get players like Papiss Cisse for only £8M after all, but Adam’s  English and  those players tend to be  over-priced in England.

What do you think of this goal-scoring winger?

Let us know.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tanduayt // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    we can get him less than that price.. are negotionation team are good.. we got a lot of talent at less price

  • 2 BonVoyageBenny // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Right – Young English Winger, International, shows good promise? Get him for £7.5M if we get into Europe – we need the squad numbers!!

  • 3 tanduayt // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    our* i mean.. not are.. sound alike

  • 4 Belly // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I rate him but I think this is a load of bull, with Carr on our side we could pick a player up off the continent that is just as good for half the price and half the wages.

  • 5 toonincheek // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Too expensive for backup.

    Although, with Europe in mind, maybe we could match his wages and what City paid for him.

    But suspect others will pay more.

  • 6 Tramp // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Repost. RE: can we finish 4th…

    Technically we can, do I think we will? I can’t call it. It’s the premier league, anything can happen in the remaining games.

    As for Guthrie, if we make Europe he has to stay. We need all the bodies we can with the extra games bearing in mind we’d be looking to build on this season and achieve something out of the domestic cups.

    And on Johnson. No thanks. :)

  • 7 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I can’t see us buying wingers.

    A couple of young strikers and a good quality CB and FB.

    CL Qualification may see us splashing out more cash.
    I like that the lad’s a NUFC supporter, he’d be handy if we wanted to play 442.

    CL – Yes buy him.

  • 8 shabunkin // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    completely agreed with Belly @ 4

  • 9 DONYWIRL // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Top class player. Get rid of Marv, obertan and gosling and get this lad in.

  • 10 gunnarnufc // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    at ~8 he would be a great buy. Especially if we get into Europe. We need a bigger squad in that scenario and I think he would be a prime option for us. A young England midfielder with top level experience and a boyhood NUFC fan? Why the hell would we not take him at 8-ish?

  • 11 Dannyo // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I’d rather have Hoilett. Just as good, plays constantly, decent wages, on a free, can play both striker and wing role.
    Perfect foil in a 4-3-3.

  • 12 toonincheek // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Being a boyhood Toon fan may be a good start, but it’s his character and professionalism that count for far far more.

    Hasn’t Mancini had a few problems in that area?

    Then again, who do you believe – a Geordie or an Iti ?

  • 13 magpie6699 // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    DONYWIRL – surely too early to talk about getting rid of Marv? We ain’t seen what he can do yet – but his few cameos suggested a tidy skilful player with good feet.
    Did you want to get rid of Ben Arfa when he was injured?

  • 14 magpiebop // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Always liked Johnson, great pace trickery and composure. If he is one of us would be a great signing.

  • 15 shabunkin // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    no way under the current regime will we pay either his fee or his wages while theres equally good or better available for less on the continent .

  • 16 Dyer8 // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    WG
    Hoilett > Boudebouz > Griezmann > Jarvis > A.Johnson > Moses > Zaha > Lallana

  • 17 gunnarnufc // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    IF we get into Europe then we will need all the cover we can possible get and we don’t want pure fringe players. We want someone who can come in and actually fight for a spot on the team. Players who are just as good or better than those we have. I say we get in both Hoilett and Johnson and get rid of Obertan (a man can dream eh?). At that point we would have the wings covered for next season.

    And btw.. Andy Carroll, today might be a good day to bounce back. I will actually be rooting for Liverpool today. I cant believe I just wrote that.

  • 18 LGFUAD21 // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I highly rate this guy but cant see it. Will be a tad too much. Struggle to see him fitting in the team. Not because of ability but because of his style of play.

    But he is a great international player.

    On last post. Me and my Gooner friends have been pondering this for a few weeks. They are all quite fond of Toon and are confident we can bag 4th place. I like the optimism we have displayed in the poll. Its been doom and gloom on here in the past year.

    I think we have 5 very tough games to end the season on so its entirely down to whether the team can step up. You never know with us though.

    Stoke: Bit like us, can turn up, can be sh!te. At least we have the home advantage and arent going to be forced to pay Stokeball on a ridiculous pitch.

    Wigan: Play really nice football, great manager in Martinez, always seem to wake up this time of year. Have a good run going and are fighting for survival. This wont be an easy game at all. Looked very good against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manure.

    Chelsea: Are a shadow of the team they were last season but still capable of beating us. This game will be like a cup final, each team knows that a win over the other will potentially take 5th place. THey have some tough games though so hopefully we can use our momentum and they can be off put by it. Mata can unlock teams, Sturridge is capable of bullying any defence. And on top of that they have a decent defense. Hate the man but Terry is still capable of frustrating any striker.

    Everton: Have really impressed me with their fight recently, are in very good form and have snuck up the league on the quiet. Also they are good at home. Hopefully Benny can score another wonder goal. They have a good defence but a poor strike force so could be a stale mate.

    Man City: May look off compared to beginning of the season but they are still a very good team. Hopefully Manure can seal the title before then, they have players that will give up if thats the case, Arsenal will struggle to catch them to take 2nd and they will have nothing to play for.

    5 tough games. I think key to success will be Tiote, we need him to put in some great ‘enforcer’ performances, boss that midfield around and give the added protection. Him and Cabaye are so important to how we perform.

  • 19 toonincheek // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I’d rather give Marveuax a change.
    He’s looked good when he’s played, and he’s had very limited opportunities.

    I checked out Marveaux when we signed him – very fast, a real athlete – but I worried right from the start about him being prone to injury.

    Maybe we have given him the right treatment to get him over his problem – maybe not.
    Hope so, so let’s at least give him the chance before rushing to buy someone else, quite expensive, for the same position.

    All in all, I don’t see it happening with Johnson. Not yet, anyway.

  • 20 nightfa11 // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    mancini will be sacked at the end of the season so it doesnt matter what he want=)

  • 21 DONYWIRL // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    To be honest I’m like you I know nothing about Marv but given the choice I’d rather have Johnson who is proven class in the prem. He can also play left and right. IMO I think marv will do nothing and will end up the same way as pancrate. Johnson and hoilett for obertan and Marv…

  • 22 woolerbill // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    I agree hoilett would be better for us, m/city have had problem with johnson.

  • 23 toonincheek // Apr 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    @19 – Sorry – give Marveaux a CHANCE

  • 24 north east lincs toon // Apr 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Just watching dog leash on espn getting interviewed by his daughter how did an ugly f****r like him produce a pretty girl like her ughh!

  • 25 jimmymagpie // Apr 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Danyo @ 11 – Agree 100% mate. Let the Mackems have Johnson, he flatters to deceive and is far too inconsistent. Let’s see what Marveaux can after a full pre season, but if he breaks down again, we’ll have to put it down as a gamble that didn’t come off. Tiote has also only played 18 league games this year due to injury and ACN, which I believe is concentrating the minds of certain individuals amongst the hierarchy.

  • 26 mot7 // Apr 14, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Buy him play him as a left foward were ba has been playing he can drop back into the left side when we dont have the ball .i think him on left ben arfa on right hand side of cisse . three central midfield tiotte cabaye leon britton .

  • 27 Arsyan // Apr 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    hurry up launch a bid for this boy!! 7m max for this boy

  • 28 geordie@bergen_norway // Apr 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    If DemBA leaves for PSG, I expect us to get the money we need to replace him with Adam Johnson.
    Johnson – Cisse – HBA = quality :)

  • 29 Charlietoon // Apr 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    It surprises me that once a player achieves a certain wage it never seems to go down. I would expect he gets paid a lot as his team is owned by billionaires and he was a luxury they could afford to have sit on the bench. He is not a star player and if he is going to a lower placed club or one without the ridiculous owners backing them he should consider a drop in wage. I’d make a bid for him but make him take a step back in wages. Offer him the chance to prove himslef.

  • 30 Premiership Manager // Apr 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    As Nightfall has said Manchini will have no say in the matter because it’s very likely that he will be replaced due to his lack of man management skills.

    Johnson is a very good player however if he can’t defend or track back he would not be worth the investment.

  • 31 davetoon // Apr 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    @gunnarnufc good call,

    GOAL – Liverpool 2-1 Everton – Andy Carroll

  • 32 Ericles // Apr 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    As we will most certainly be playing in Europe next season we are going to bolster our squad if we stand a chance. We need to bolster even if we are not in Europe. I think getting Johnson would be a good move. The fact that he is a boyhood NUFC fan is a bonus – he will certainly have the passion to go with his skills that I am sure AP and our Carver can hone even more. Ten mill a lot to pay – so lets negotiate. I bet the lad chooses to come home if we make a sensible offer!

  • 33 chuck // Apr 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Johnson is one of the best young wingers, playing in this league.
    Hoilett can also pla both wings or behind the striker.
    One has power and pace and an eye for goal (Hoilett)
    while johnson is more of a finess player, wha can score or lay on the perfect pass.
    Both would be assets to the side.
    Build for Quality in depth, i believe we could get both for below their actual value, one being a free agent and the other has to go in order to finance replacements at Citeh.
    With an addition of both, would make this a much improved side and if thats not the goal, then what is ?

  • 34 geordiejamie89 // Apr 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I think he’d definately play a good role at Newcastle. If he was attacking on the left with Hatem on the right, Cisse/Demba in the middle, there’d be more chances then there is with Ba on the left. I think he might be a little too expensive, especially given the fact that Marveux will hopefully be back in the team next season, and Jonas play there when needed, aswell as Fergie looking to break into the team. I think we’d be better bringing in a couple of strikers and central midfielders, and a LB and CB. However I won’t be dissapointed if Newcastle do decide to go for him.

  • 35 BigKirky // Apr 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I’ve said this a couple of times on here before, but Johnson is a Sunderland fan, def not a toon fan, put it that way. That’s from a spot on source. Don’t be fooled by that post match interview. He’s into six figures for a weekly wage as well so there’ll be no chance at that rate. I think he’s a great winger though.

  • 36 nico // Apr 14, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    He’s a class act. If we get Champs League, get him. I have a good source that he can’t stand Mancini, along with a few Man City players.

  • 37 Crawfordladd17 // Apr 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I don’t rate him either, when he was at Middlesbrough when they were in the Championship along with ourselves everyone thought he was a class goalscorer scored like 8 and 5 were penalties and that is the Championship

  • 38 custurd // Apr 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    For thse questioning Johnson’s attitude/work rate/professionalism…..

    Ben Arfa was branded “l’enfant terrible” by all of his previous managers. He’s not too shabby at the moment, is he?

  • 39 custurd // Apr 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    thse=those

  • 40 bills-son // Apr 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Not a chance – he’ll be on £60K-£80K week + a £8M-£12M fee and we can get as good for a hell of alot less.

  • 41 jesperfuglsang // Apr 15, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    There is no way Citeh is going to sack Mancini; they have onr the best Managers in the world and they know that.

    He has not failed this season and Citeh knos that. It is common knowledge that you dont win anything in the long run by changing Managers all the time.

    In my book Mancini is too good for Citeh ;-) i am sure JFA have a good anoilogi for this one ;-) lol

  • 42 jesperfuglsang // Apr 15, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Damn this smartphone :-(

  • 43 admtee // Apr 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    I dont understand the people on here saying they wouldn’t take Johnson…dont even understand the people saying buy him and use him as a squad player. He would walk into our starting 11 hands down. As much as i respect Jonas for how much effort he puts in his biggest downfalls are his final ball and his finishing……(Adam Johnson’s best attributes) with Cisse and Ba upfront and Ben Arfa and Johnson delivering we would be one of the most dangerous attacking teams in the prem….. players like Jonas would be more suited to sitting on the bench and coming on the last 15-20 mins to run his heart out for the team .

  • 44 chuck // Apr 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Some strange tudes in regard to Johnson.
    Some would like to see him on the left wing, where we can play Marveaux, Ferguson and Jonas, depending on the oppositopn and fitness is concerned.
    If it’s not obvious Pardew does’nt know where to play HBA and the alternative on the right wing is either Raylor or Obertan, niether of which should be here to begin with.
    Then getting either a Johnson or Hoilett is essential if we have any ambition, actually love to see both.
    They could be partially funded by fees for Oberta, Raylor, and whatever Deadwood we can unload.
    Why carry useless players with no future who seldom get games, when we can unload them and replace with Quality ?




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