ADAM Johnson is reminding fans that Sunderland’s season has barely begun and it is far too early to predict how it will pan out.
After a steady start to the campaign with only one defeat in the opening seven games, the Black Cats suffered a horrendous 8-0 defeat at Southampton immediately followed by another loss, 2-0 at home to Arsenal.
Those back-to-back defeats tipped Sunderland into the bottom three and darkened the mood across Wearside.
But two excellent results against Crystal Palace and Everton have now lifted Gus Poyet’s men up to 14th in the Premier League.
And Johnson says supporters should expect many more twists and turns when the season resumes with Sunderland’s trip to Leicester City this weekend.
“It’s still very early on and all the sides are still so close together in the league table,” the winger pointed out.
“I think Aston Villa were talking about Europe just a few weeks ago and just look at how quickly things have turned around there.”
Johnson’s thinking is no doubt influenced by his own experiences of last season, when at this stage of the campaign both Sunderland and Crystal Palace were at the foot of the table and looking in desperate trouble.
In the event, both teams stayed up and were safe before the final game of the season.
Sunderland, in fact, were looking all but dead and buried with just a handful of games remaining before pulling off ‘The Great Escape’.
And Johnson said: “Everyone gets so carried away.
“It’s important to remember I think that it’s a long season and this one is still in the early stages.
“Everyone wrote us off last season, but there’s so much to play for yet and so much that can change.”