Sunderland's £12m star: I'm the go-to guy at the Stadium of Light

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Sunderland's Adam Johnson says that he has a weight of expectation on his shoulders at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland's Adam Johnson has said that he has had to adapt to being one of the 'go-to guys' since joining the Black Cats.

Johnson moved to the Wearside outfit back in 2012 in a transfer from Manchester City which was worth around £12 million, and he admits that he has an increased responsibility at the Stadium of Light.

The England international feels that because City had so much quality in their squad he would be bailed out if he was having a bad day, but at Sunderland he needs to perform every time as there is a weight of expectations on his shoulders.

"If I’m one of the go-to guys here, then there’s expectation on me," he said to the Daily Mail.

"I’ve been asked this question loads of times in terms of comparing life at City with life here. There’s more pressure to deliver and win playing for City, but it’s a totally different pressure here in that you need to win games to avoid being involved in a relegation battle.

"At City, if I was having a bad day, there were 10 other players who could step in. There was probably someone who could come off the bench and score a hat-trick. We haven’t got that luxury here."

It's fair to say that Johnson's time at Sunderland hasn't been a rip-roaring success so far.

Although there have been patches were he has found some form, he hasn't been the match winner that he was bought to be regularly enough just yet during his career there. 

The jinking winger is adamant that he doesn't regret leaving City - where he would have had more chance of earning individual honours - though. 

"If people say they don’t think about what might have been, then I think they’re lying," he said.

"You see the players that they’re still buying and the big stadiums they’re playing at in the Champions League, especially when you’re sat there watching them on TV.

"But when I think back at how much I wanted to leave when I was there, I realise I made the decision for the best.‘I’ve always said I wanted to play regularly, that’s why I moved. I don’t want to look back on my career and say, “I’ve only played 200 games” – even if it was at Manchester City."

Johnson will be looking to prove that he can be relied on later today when Sunderland take on Stoke City. 

Gus Poyet's side are still searching for their three points of the season and they will desperate to get it against a Potters side who will provide them with a tough test. 

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