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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Mancini wants more from Johnson

Man City manager excited by the potential of Club's England winger

Johnson has been in and out of the Man City team during their fine start to the season

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says there is more to come from exciting winger Adam Johnson.

Johnson scored once and set up Samir Nasri for another as a much-changed City side beat Wolves 5-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

But Mancini says 24-year-old former Middlesbrough man Johnson can get even better.

He said: "I think Adam, because he is young, can improve a lot. He needs to think in a different way.

"He needs to think: 'I scored one goal, I did one assist, I should continue because I want to score another goal and another assist, and run back to defend'.

"He can do this if he wants. My opinion is this, he has everything to become one of the top wingers."

Italian coach Mancini is determined to bring the best out of the England international, adding: "Adam is young, he is in his third season in the Premier League. Adam is the only winger we have in the team.

"I am disappointed when he doesn't put everything on the pitch. He played well, but for the second goal Wolves scored, he didn't follow his opponent."

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Key Points

  • Scored a goal and made assist against Wolves
  • Joined Man City from Middlesbrough in 2010
  • Has struggled to command a regular starting spot