Why Brennan Johnson deserves a new contract at Nottingham Forest
According to Nottinghamshire Live, Nottingham Forest starlet Brennan Johnson is on the verge of earning a new deal at the City Ground, with the report suggesting that the club want to secure the teenager’s future with a fresh long-term contract.
Having come through the academy ranks at the City Ground, the 18-year-old attacking midfielder signed a professional deal with his boyhood club in 2018 before making his senior bow as a late substitute in the 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom on the opening day on the 2019-20 season.
Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi has already used him thrice this term, with Johnson’s other two appearances coming in Carabao Cup victories over Fleetwood Town and Derby County.
Held in high regard by the youth coaches at the City Ground, Johnson has been tipped to be the next star emerging from the ranks of the club’s renowned academy, with many labelling him as a player with the potential to go on and make a name for himself at the highest level.
The versatile Nottingham-born attacker represented England at U-16 and U-17 levels before switching to Wales at the U-19 level and his U-21 debut for the latter, which this came against Belgium during the recent international break, was marked with a goal.
As per the report, Brennan Johnson’s rapid development and his transition from the academy sides to the senior level has impressed Lamouchi, who has showered praises on the 18-year-old as an unbelievable player with the right mentality.
Lamouchi’s arrival at the club has also marked the resurgence of another academy graduate, Joe Worrall, with the talented centre-back starting each of the club’s first six games in the Championship this term after being reinstated in the first-team by the Frenchman.
And Johnson has also reaped the rewards of the new manager’s trust in some of the club’s homegrown talents and Nottingham Forest securing the 18-year-old’s future with a new contract would be a massive statement of intent signifying their renewed trust in their academy products.
With the Premier League clubs and also ones from the other top leagues in Europe, constantly on the lookout for bright young talents in the English second-tier, it is only a matter of time before Johnson catches the eyes of the scouts and a new deal for the youngster should put Forest in a strong negotiating position should any potential suitor come knocking on the door,
They should be looking to cash in on him, though, given that he is a really talented player and the fact that he is playing first-team football for a club like Forest at the age of 18 speaks volumes of his quality.
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That said, Forest would definitely do a world of good to their long-term plans by tying the teenager down to a new deal.