Nottingham Forest starlet Brennan Johnson started his first competitive game for Wales at the weekend. It capped a good first month of the campaign, with the 20-year-old now a regular in the Reds team.
Rob Page’s team secured a stunning win against Belarus. A Gareth Bale hat-trick helped them come from behind to claim all three points during the World Cup qualifier.
Johnson operated behind the striker and that is a role that he’s played with aplomb at Forest this season. He was switched there against Derby and netted a late equaliser.
Wales fans were satisfied with his showing and the Welsh media were too. They scored him a 6/10 for his performance but praised his quality during the contest.
Assessing Johnson’s performance, Wales Online claimed: “The youngster showed flashes early on and almost scored with a spectacular shot before being substituted midway through the second half.”
Wales are back on home soil tomorrow. Estonia are the opposition and Johnson will hope to help his country take a bigger step towards the World Cup in 2022.
Forest don’t play until Cardiff City arrive at the City Ground on Sunday. Should Johnson get the nod to play, Reds supporters will hope he can recover in time for a massive Championship clash.
Future star: Keeping Johnson was great business by Forest
Okay, so Forest didn’t land their primary targets during the summer transfer window, maybe with the exception of James Garner.
What they did manage to do, however, was avoid a summer where they had to cash in on a star player of their own. Both Johnson and Joe Worrall remained on Trentside and that is a big win for the club.
Forest value Johnson at £10 million. Brentford were keen but wouldn’t fork out the money and that is great news for Forest.
If the youngster kicks on as expected this season, the Reds might just be able to add a few million onto that when next summer comes around.