Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has hailed the club's attempts at progression- drawing comparisons to previous club Manchester City.
Johnson, 25, arrived from the Etihad in the summer at a cost of £10 million, and believes the task of establishing the Black Cats in the top 10 will take time. He also concedes that while Sunderland are not undergoing drastic changes, he still admires the direction the club is heading.
"With City everyone knew where they were going," said Johnson, whose return to the Etihad with his new club ended in a 3-0 defeat last Saturday," Johnson told the Northern Echo.
"It's not that drastic a change at Sunderland. The club is progressing but a bit slower. City went out and bought Robinho [for £32.5m on deadline day 2008] and people like that and straight away it was pretty clear what they were going to be about."
"Here at Sunderland this is a club progressing quickly, the players are coming in and gelling as a team, but it does not feel like when I was at City."
The former Middlesbrough man made his first return to Man City at the weekend- and despite a 3-0 defeat, Johnson feels losing to the current Premier League Champions is nothing to be ashamed about.
"We were unbeaten before the City game which is not too bad," Johnson explained, "It was all change at City when I signed there and things have moved fast for them. Very fast. It has paid off for them too because they won the Premier League in May."
The winger also took time out to speak about fellow new arrival Steven Fletcher. With five goals already this season, Johnson dubbed Fletcher 'unbelievable' - adding that he is convinced his goal scoring form will continue.
"Steven's been unbelievable since he signed. Nobody expected him to be this good straight away," Johnson said.
"He's a goalscorer and that's what a team wants. If he doesn't do anything all game and scores a goal to win you the game that's enough for me. He wins points. He's in the right place at the right time. He will continue scoring goals."