When a club starts buying up some of the best players in the world, it can suddenly become difficult for younger players who still have some growing to do to find a productive place for themselves in the team. After three seasons with Manchester City, Adam Johnson had enough of that and moved to the far more accommodating confines of Sunderland in August. And now, as his new club prepares to face his old club, Johnson is warning young English footballers who might consider signing with City that it's a trap.
From the Telegraph:
"When City come in for you, it is hard to say no," said Johnson, who had been on the verge of signing for Sunderland 2½ years ago only for City to outbid them.
"I was in that situation a couple of years ago. I would probably advise young English players you probably won't get the chance to play as much as you would like.
"As you can see, it has turned out that way as well with recent signings. It is difficult. It is excellent when a club like City come for you and you're going to play for the champions, but you don't actually play for the champions. You're a squad member, it's totally different. Now, if I was a young lad, I probably wouldn't go to City."
How great would it have been if he finished that thought by saying, "I would have signed for Chelsea instead"? Another missed opportunity for Adam Johnson.