Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has told Nottinghamshire Live that he’s been delighted with Brennan Johnson since arriving at the club.
Cooper replaced Chris Hughton as the club’s new head coach and has overseen two wins and a draw since checking in.
Johnson has been in fine form for the Reds. He scored and claimed an assist at Barnsley, whilst he was impressive once more against Birmingham on Saturday.
The Forest man has really kicked on since returning from Lincoln. During his season with the League One outfit he scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists.
There has been speculation over Johnson’s future at Forest. In January he will have 18 months left on his deal and has attracted interest from Brentford previously.
Cooper said there was no update on a new deal but says he’s been delighted with Johnson.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “He’s had a good start to the season, but that’s what it is – a start. There’s a long way to go.
“The challenge with him and a lot of young players is to focus on what they are in control of and not look too far ahead.
“But I’m not worried, because I see a boy who really loves his training and loves his football.
“He’s interested in how he improves, which is a good sign. I’ve just got to make sure I support him in the right way.”
Future star: Forest have to protect Johnson valuation
If there’s one job that Forest need to do in the coming weeks it’s to hand Johnson a new deal.
It would seem as though the 20-year-old is enjoying his football and he’s quickly become an important player.
Against Barnsley last week he was unplayable at times and deserved his second goal in the Garibaldi.
Forest have a great track record with academy graduates and Johnson could develop into the pick of the bunch.
As a result, the club needs to act and give Johnson a new contract in the coming months.