Johnson believes the City fans might have a new goalscoring hero on their hands.
â€śEveryone knows Marioâ€™s qualities,â€ť Johnson told the Manchester Evening News.
â€śHe has already scored five goals â€“ and thatâ€™s what he is, a goalscorer. Sometimes you wonâ€™t see him for five minutes, but then heâ€™ll get on the end of a cross, or get a shot off, and it will go in.
â€śThatâ€™s something itâ€™s good to have in the team, someone who can create something out of nothing.â€ť
Balotelli looked less than excited after his goals, something which manager Roberto Mancini explained as being down to the fact that he sees scoring goals as being as natural as breathing.
And his demeanour on the pitch does not suggest he is revelling in his new career at City.
But Johnson says he is a different person away from the spotlight:
â€śHeâ€™s a bit of a funny character but the lads think heâ€™s great around the dressing room â€“ and he has some good banter!
â€śHe doesnâ€™t celebrate his goals, but thatâ€™s how he is, he just doesnâ€™t show too much emotion.â€ť