Poyet tells local press Adam Johnson's Sunderland teammates are unfair on him

Sunderland's Gus Poyet is not best pleased with all of his side's attacking talents.

Gus Poyet has told the Sunderland Echo that Adam Johnson is being unfairly treated by his teammates at the club. 

Johnson's importance to the side has grown due to his match-winning ability, but Poyet wants more of his squad to step-up to the plate and take the pressure off the England international's shoulders.

Sunderland have struggled for goals this season, scoring just 18 times in their first 21 Premier League matches, and Poyet feels that the Black Cats' attacking players must start showing more during matches. 

“Sometimes we are a bit unfair with him (Johnson) and give him all the responsibility,” the Uruguayan said.

“We need to share the responsibilities to go forward and create something. Someone needs to stand up, not always Adam Johnson."

Johnson is currently Sunderland's top scorer, having notched five times already this season.

His most memorable strike came against Newcastle United, as he volleyed him a late winner against the Black Cats' North East rivals, and it was a goal which summed up how important he has become to the team.

Johnson will now be required to keep his good form up as Poyet's side fight against the drop in the second half of the campaign.

Sunderland are currently just one point above the drop zone and, having won just three league matches all season, they are in desperate need of players to start reaching their best form if they are to climb up the table. 

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