Johnson said: "There's a big squad here now but there's also a lot of games, and everybody can't play in every game - there's Europe as well as the two cups.If he's made his peace with this then that's a good thing. Quite a few of his team-mates will have to make the same accommodation. If things go well next season we will be playing 60 or so matches. No outfield player, particularly one of Johnson's age and role, can expect to play all the time.
"We need a good squad with strong people on the bench. There will obviously be changes for different games and I'm ready for that. It's going to be exciting times. I can't wait."
I'm sure we'll see some fairly heavy rotation. Fortunately for Johnson he can play on either wing in a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 set up. I keep meaning to do a post about likely line-ups and combinations but the fact is that even among wide players, I have genuinely no idea whether Craig Bellamy, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Vladimir Weiss or of course James Milner will be at City next year. Until their futures are resolved we can't make guesses. But I'm sure Johnson will get a good number of games next year.