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I feel for Adam Johnson.
He remains one of England's best wingers, but he wasn't given much of a chance last season. Johnson started only 10 Premier League games and came off the bench 16 times to help his team.
For a player of his quality, this isn't good enough.
He still managed to contribute six goals and two assists in City's championship-winning campaign, but any thrill Johnson might have enjoyed from his team's achievement was likely offset by frustration over his own individual play during the season.
With just one start in the Champions League, F.A. Cup and Europa League, Johnson's lack of playing time began to have greater implications on his career.
As Roy Hodgson decided on his Euro 2012 squad, Johnson was left at home.
His entire year was summed up by his inclusion on England's official stand-by list. That players such as Stewart Downing and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are currently above him on the international hierarchy would—for different reasons—hurt a player of Johnson's stature.
Johnson remains an effective player. His direct style and ability to run with the ball would be an asset to any team in the world.
With a consistent run of games, his form would surely improve.
According to ESPN, Roberto Mancini has challenged the winger to up his standards, but I think Johnson's better off elsewhere.
Unfortunately, Johnson signed a new five year deal in November 2011 (via The Daily Mail), though he will probably remain sidelined for the duration of the contract.