Nottingham Forest have been busy this summer adding players to their squad but for young midfielder Brennan Johnson that might not be a good thing.
The Reds have added midfielder Harry Arter and defender Scott McKenna to their ranks this week, following on from Cyrus Christie and Abdoulaye Diallo who checked in last week.
That makes competition for places all the more fierce and Johnson’s place in the matchday squad might become at risk following the additions.
With that in mind, could it be time for the Reds to make a decision on Johnson and choose to loan him out in order to test him on a consistent basis.
The 19-year-old has shown flashes since making his first-team debut as a substitute against West Brom during the first home game of the 2019/20 campaign.
He operated as a centre-forward, a No.10 and as a central midfielder during his seven appearances in all competitions last season.
He was particularly impressive against Derby in the Carabao Cup win last season, playing as a No.10 he kept his place for the next round at Arsenal but was dropped into central midfield.
The versatility in itself makes it a bit of a conundrum for Sabri Lamouchi. Johnson perhaps hasn’t shown quite enough in any of his appearances to warrant a regular run in the team just yet.
That isn’t a problem though, with time firmly on the side of the youngster who looks set for a bright future in the professional game.
Heading out on loan could be the next step in Johnson’s development and it could do him the world of good ahead of next season.
The teenager has been on the bench for both league games this season but is yet to make an appearance during 2020/21.
He has been handed the chance to play for the under-23s but he’s quite simply outgrown development football and a loan move would be better.
Forest’s newboys might push Johnson out of contention for now but a solid loan during 2020/21 could work wonders for Johnson’s career.
Kicking his heels on the fringes of the first-team won’t do anyone any favours – not least Johnson.
If he could go and play somewhere in the Championship on a regular basis, there’s no reason why he can’t come back next year ready to hold down a place in the Forest team on a regular basis.