Adam Johnson: I could have made a better start to Sunderland career
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson admits he could have made a better start to his Black Cats career after scoring just four goals
Adam Johnson has admitted he could have made a better start to his Sunderland career after an underwhelming first season at the Stadium of Light.
The 25-year-old has scored four goals and made 11 assists after completing a £10m move to the Black Cats from Manchester City last summer.
Despite the encouraging stats, Johnson has been criticised for a lack of consistency, with the Middlesbrough youth graduate yet to break back into the England set-up.
While Johnson feels there is room for improvement, the attacking midfielder is happy to have contributed to a number of Sunderland’s goals, with Martin O’Neill’s side 15th in the Premier League.
“I know the fans aren’t happy, but I have scored four goals this season,” he said. “I’ve put in more crosses than anyone else and I’ve had assists for 11 goals too.
“Those are the stats I prefer to concentrate on, because they help give you confidence.
“I still look at things and know I could have done better myself. I could have set up more goals with better crosses or finished better and I do think I could improve my general play too.
“I know wingers are all about delivery into the box, but my overall play is something I’m also looking at.
“I have to say, though, that I’m reasonably satisfied with the stats against my name because they don’t lie and I’ve been involved in a lot of the build-up to the goals.
“It would be better for me to receive the ball quicker and higher up the pitch, because it is tough for wingers to do damage when they have to go on a 60-yard run towards goal.
“But I’m not going to criticise the team because it’s up to me to make that happen as well. You have to look at yourself first in this game.”