Brennan Johnson is currently on loan at Lincoln City but it might not be long before he is taking the Championship by storm in a Nottingham Forest shirt.
The youngster made his Wales debut last week and looks set for stardom if he realises his undoubted wealth of potential.
Johnson might be exactly the type of player that Forest currently lack and next season he could be like a new signing for the Reds.
A couple of pleasing aspects of the 19-year-old’s current loan spell are the versatility he is showing and the confidence he appears to be playing with.
Michael Appleton has used him as a No.10, on both flanks and as a more conventional central midfield player.
Johnson is clearly welcoming the regular action and has two goals and four assists to his name for the Imps.
Some statistics can be used to showcase the level which he is playing at right now too.
According to Who Scored, the Wales talent is third on the list when it comes to the most dribbles in the whole of League One.
He sits behind Siriki Dembele and Brandon Hanlan on 32 attempted dribbles, from his eight matches.
Although 14 have proved unsuccessful, it does showcase that he isn’t afraid to try and make things happen during a game.
Forest have looked better since Hughton arrived at the club but there is still room for improvement.
One area which could certainly be bolstered is the creativity from midfield – and Johnson could help in that sense.
Could Johnson be the next academy star?
Forest fans love to see their own academy products make the step up to the first-team.
Johnson has already tasted senior action at the City Ground on eight occasions and some fans would have welcomed him getting a chance this season.
He is certainly showing enough to suggest that Forest needn’t waste their time loaning him out next season with his performances at Lincoln.
Plenty of first-team players are good enough for first team action but equally some simple don’t get the chance to showcase their talents.
Forest added 14 new players in the summer and the recruitment needs to now be scaled back somewhat.
Johnson has the potential to thrive and if his form on loan continues, he will be more than deserving of a proper City Ground chance.
The teenager could be the answer to Forest’s midfield problems.
At a cost of nothing, he could prove to be a Hughton masterstroke if handed the opportunity to impress next season.