Nottingham Forest youngster Brennan Johnson earned his first start in a competitive fixture for Wales last night. Rob Page oversaw a 3-2 win against Belarus, with Gareth Bale netting a superb hat-trick for his country.
Johnson has been bubbling under the surface for a while in the Wales setup. He was perhaps unfortunate to miss out on Euro 2020 and he’ll hope to help Wales qualify for the World Cup.
The Forest man wore the number nine shirt and operated as a second striker just behind Rubin Colwill who spearheaded the Wales attack. Typically, it was Bale who came up trumps in Belarus, but Johnson won some praise too.
The Reds academy graduate is growing with each game he plays. He has featured in all five of Forest’s opening league games and now aims to make a name for himself on the international stage.
Johnson can play in a number of positions. For the Reds, he has operated on the left flank and as a number ten. There are also some suggestions behind the scenes that he can play as a striker too if deemed necessary.
Yesterday afternoon was a proud moment for Johnson and he’ll hope to continue collecting caps. Page handing him game time can only bode well for Forest too as he looks to continue his development.
What have Wales fans said about Forest star Johnson?
They seem delighted with the youngster’s progression into men’s football. Plenty can’t believe that Page withdrew the Forest man before Dan James yesterday. The winger was below-par and recently joined Leeds from Manchester United.
Johnson will be desperate for more chances. He produced a decent performance and perhaps can count himself lucky to have been substituted during the Belarus win.
Nonetheless, three valuable points were claimed and afterwards the Wales fan base took to Twitter to speak of their delight at the form that Johnson showcased.