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Adam Johnson will improve, says Martin O’Neill

‘I imagine he will get back first of all to the form he has shown over the last couple of seasons, and secondly it won’t be far away.’

Sunderland player Adam Johnson.
Sunderland player Adam Johnson.
Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

SUNDERLAND MANAGER Martin O’Neill is confident £10 million signing Adam Johnson will ‘come good’ after a disappointing start.

Johnson has struggled for form since his move from Premier League champions Manchester City, in contrast to fellow summer arrival Steven Fletcher — who has scored five goals in seven league appearances.

However, O’Neill is confident Sunderland fans will see the best of the 25-year-old after he recovers from a thigh injury sustained while on international duty with England in September.

“We have attacking threats and it’s about getting that galvanised,” the 60-year-old told the club’s official website. ”That takes a little bit of time. For example, it’s Steven’s first season here and the same with Adam, who were the two players we bought (in the summer).

“Steven has had a really good start. Adam, I think through the injuries he sustained on international duty, just hasn’t been able to get a proper foothold.

“But I’ve no doubt he will come good. I imagine he will get back first of all to the form he has shown over the last couple of seasons, and secondly it won’t be far away.”

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