Nottingham Forest were beaten 2-1 by Coventry City in their season opener, despite taking a first-half lead. The Reds fans were unanimous in their praise for Brennan Johnson following the contest.
The youngster was making his first appearance since returning from a loan with Lincoln City. During his time at the LNER Stadium, he fired 13 goals and claimed 14 assists.
He instantly impacted life back in the red of Forest, producing a stunning assist for Lyle Taylor to score Forest’s opening goal in the first half.
The 19-year-old looks set for a bright future and on this showing, Forest must do whatever it takes to keep hold of the versatile attacking option.
Johnson’s lung-busting pace saw him advance down the pitch, before playing a stunning ball across to Taylor who couldn’t miss from six yards out.
The academy star has been linked with a move away from the City Ground. As a result, the Reds have an anxious wait to see if he remains a Forest player at the end of August.
Johnson played the full 90 minutes and he will hope to be back in action when Forest play Bradford in the League Cup on Wednesday night.
Forest fans buzzing with Johnson impact
Following his loan at Lincoln, it always seemed likely that he’d get a Forest chance. For the Imps, he was mightily impressive and was among the goals most weeks.
The next challenge is for him to prove himself on a weekly basis in the Championship. On his showing yesterday, it won’t be long before he’s the main player in the red of Forest.
Johnson’s pace was brilliant and his passing ability was there for all to see. He links up well during attacks and Taylor clearly relished having him operating in the No.10 role.
Following yesterday’s game, fans took to Twitter to rave about the forward. Here is what they had to say as Johnson stole the show for Forest as Coventry returned to their home ground.