Manchester City paid a promising young star £6 million for three years despite him not playing for the club.
Michael Johnson has just been released by Manchester City after fitness and injury problems saw a promising young career come to an end.
Johnson was given the boot from his £2 million per year contract just before Christmas, with his last match for City coming in the League Cup tie against Scunthorpe in October 2009.
To Manchester City’s defence, they didn’t just simply pay Johnson a salary in the knowledge that he was never going to play for the side.
They actively tried to send him out on loan so he could maintain his fitness but he kept on picking up injury problems which saw him sent back to the current Premier League champions.
That outing in 2009 was his only appearance that year and the club engineered a loan deal for him to play at Leicester City during the 2010/2011 season which was thwarted by a serious knee problem.
He only managed to play nine times for the Championship side before they terminated the agreement and sent him back to Manchester with the problem.
He never really had a chance at City under the managerial reign of Roberto Mancini because the Italian said he did not have the personality to play in his time or to play Premier League football.
Pictures have emerged on Twitter of the player who was once tipped to be named England captain. These pictures show him overweight, looking bloated and unfit.
There is even a justifiable case for City to request a large amount of the cash they gave Johnson back. It just seems an unfortunate series of events which City would not have allowed to happen given the benefit of reflection.
Fortunately for the club, their resources have meant they have been able to cope with losing this once brilliant player. They can afford to buy in the best young talent although Mancini does still appear to be keen on nurturing players who come through the City academy.
Take a look at some of his best goals for City in the video below;
Can you name any other stars who have failed to fulfil on their potential?
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