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Sunderland boss Gus Poyet to manage "talented" Adam Johnson

Gus Poyet says that he will "manage" Adam Johnson at the Stadium of Light in order to push the winger to be the "best he can be".

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet believes that winger Adam Johnson is one of the "most talented" players at the Stadium of Light.

The former Manchester City player claimed his first Premier League goal since last season in the club's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

"I think he's one of the most talented players at the club, without a doubt," Poyet told the Shields Gazette. "I just want to manage him well and make him the best he can be.

"That's my way of managing and I'm sure he will be. It's just a matter of starting to control the games and using him at the right place at the right time."

Prior to the Black Cats' clash against Tottenham, Johnson was confined to a starting spot on the substitutes' bench against Aston Villa and Chelsea.

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Moussa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with his team-mates after John O'Shea of Sunderland scored an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadium of Light on December 07, 2013
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