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Man City’s Shay Given and Adam Johnson Want Out

Adam Johnson Adam Johnson of Manchester City beats Liam Ridgewell of Birmingham City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Birmingham City at City of Manchester Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Manchester, England.
Money doesn’t buy happiness apparently – even if you are a footballer. It has emerged that both Shay Given and Adam Johnson of Manchester City are becoming more and more frustrated by the lack of starts that they are handed, and have both threatened to leave the club if the situation doesn’t change.
Johnson moved to Manchester City from Middlesbrough on 1 February 2010, and has since announced himself as one of the biggest English attacking forces from his position in the country. He was called up to the England first team and scored 2 goals against Bulgaria and Switzerland. Yet these achievements have not nailed him down a first team spot at Eastlands.

When asked if he would leave City in search of first team football, the 23 year old had this to say:

“Every footballer has to think about it when the time comes. It is still early but I definitely would consider it.”

The City number 11 also described how bitterly disappointed he was to be left out against club rivals Manchester United:

“It is disappointing when you are not playing from the start in games like that. I was itching to get on. I was dying to play from the start not just come on. The manager has to make decisions but I was gutted to be left out.”

Mancini is starting to choose Milner and David Silva ahead of Johnson in a 5-man midfield which supports the lone striker – usually Carlos Tevez. Many think that the young man deserves first team football as he has proved his brilliant technical ability as well as the great ability to create goals from nothing. His pace can also tear defences apart. However, Roberto Mancini is a far more defensive man than many City fans would like, and prefers to play with less emphasis on the attack, and more on defence. His 3 man defensive midfield of Barry, De Jong and Yaya Toure highlights this.
Shay Given knows how the left winger feels too, as the Irish goalkeeper said:

“My own personal situation isn’t ideal as everyone knows and I have spoken about it in the past, so we will see what happens over the next couple of months in that respect.”

Shay Given Shay Given of Manchester City sits on the bench during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at the Stadium of Light on August 29, 2010 in Sunderland, England.“I want to be playing football and I have always said that, so hopefully something will happen in the New Year.”

Arsenal may still be looking for a reliable goalkeeper and could make a move in January, despite the current good form of Lukas Fabianski.
The rise of England number 1 Joe Hart has caused Given to feel isolated, and unable to get a fair run in the team, and having played over 350 games for Newcastle over a 12 year spell, he is not used to it.

Mancini needs to sit down with players such as Johnson and Given and make them feel wanted by the club. It is his job to do so, as it is these hard working, willing players that a team overcrowded with ludicrously over-paid players happy to take their pay cheques and sit on the bench, need.



  1. Pedmachine

    November 29, 2010 at 9:19 am

    It is easy for these players to sulk, but it is no secret that Given cost City goals at vital times last season – and almost all of them we headers inside the six yard box. Anybody can be a shot stopper, as most shots come from afar and you can see them. Goalkeeping is about keeping the ball out of your net and that includes not being rooted to your goal line and allowing free heaers to the likes of Rooney (Carling Cup semi), Scholes (end of season Derby), Crouch (winner takes 4th), to name but three. I don’t necessarily agree that Shay would strengthen Arsenal. What they need are better defenders. Remember this – when Seaman was there he hardly ever saw the ball because of Adams, Keown, and the like. When he moved to City, because our defenders were not up to that standard, he spent more time in the back of his net. I suspect that if Shay went to Arsenal it would be similar, especially if he can’t manage to get out for crosses.

    Johnson is still young and learning his game. The bottom line is that if Johnson wants to progress beyond City he will still be a bit-part player (Chelsea, ManU, Arsenal and Spurs). If he wants to play every week it will be a poorer team (Newcastle amongst them). His route would a returnable-loan deal for the second half of the season, then come back and show the world what he can do.

  2. Dom

    November 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I’d be happy to have Johnson at Arsenal.

  3. don

    November 29, 2010 at 9:44 am

    agree…and given as well…for his experience…

  4. bc

    November 29, 2010 at 11:47 am

    How about Almunia and Walcott for Given and Johnson??

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