Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

So Is This the Time for Jinky?

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

So Is This the Time for Jinky?

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Vic SAID:

"Adam Johnson is brilliant. He plays with a breath-taking zest we last saw with the youthful Stewart Downing. He has the close control, changes of pace and dribbling skills that fans adore but has palpitating coaches muttering about naivety. The youngster had a hand in three of the four goals despite being a left-footer playing in the problem position on the right. He should be given an extended run."

YOU SAID:

"I couldn't agree more. It's time to give someone a run on the right. I would have preferred to see this chance go to Morrison as I think he is the more deserving, but I am more than happy to see what Johnson can do. If either of these two can seal their place on the right then it frees up some dollars to strengthen other positions."

Comment posted by Tony Black

"He did enough to justify a start on the right on Saturday, despite the return of Catts and Mozza. There is a fashion - and one with some sense to it - for wrong-footed wingers but I wouldn't want to see this used as a justification for not strengthening there. We need a right-footed passing midfield schemer too."

Comment posted by John Powls

"For the first time this season we played with two wingers and what a difference it made. Johnson should get a run in the team until the end of the season. He may save us a few bob in the transfer market."

Comment posted by John Stone

"Johnson runs at players, skins them, scares them and forces mistakes. He looks to get forward, he can pass - the cross for the first goal was mint. He reminds me of the raw teenage Downing before McClaren got his teeth into him and turned him into a left-sided defensive midfielder."

Comment posted by Holgate Ender

"It is a shame Johnson has to play on the right. It would also be a shame if Downing played there or if either left. The biggest shame is that it highlights the folly of not addressing the right side of midfield in the last two windows or giving Morrison an extended run to see if he can make it."

Comment posted by Ian Gill

"Johnson must be kept on the right hand side. Him and Downing can swap at will and this causes problems for defenders as they can't get used to one style of play. …

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