Joe Lolley has told The Athletic that Nottingham Forest have an unbelievable player within their ranks in the form of Brennan Johnson.

Reds boss Steve Cooper has come into the club and shook things up. His 3-4-4 system has seen Johnson get the freedom to express his attacking qualities.

Lolley himself has been rejuvenated of late, after a frustrating 12 months. He managed just one goal last season and supporters feared his best days were behind him.

Johnson has proved himself as the man of the moment though. He has scored twice and claimed three assists during 2021/22 and looked tailor-made for the Championship.

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Lolley thinks Forest have a gem and he believes the club has missed a trick in recent years.

He told The Athletic: “I think he should have been with us for a few years. I personally liked him from day one. He is a great player.

“It’s strange how quick he is. He runs as quick with the ball as he does without it, that’s so hard to do.

“I don’t know how he dribbles in so straight, in a line, as well. It’s genuinely unbelievable. His pace is such an asset.”

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In recent times amid his struggles, there have been some suggestions that Lolley is guilty of trying too hard. If Forest have one player, away from Joe Worrall and Ryan Yates, who deeply cares about the club, it’s Lolley.

With more attacking quality to assist on the attack, the 29-year-old should thrive. Cooper has mentioned that he wants more players piling forward when Forest have the ball and that should be music to the attacking players’ ears.

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Johnson will have 18 months left on his Forest deal in January and the Reds need to get him tied to a longer contract.

He has made a flying start to his Reds career and there really is no ceiling as to just how good he could become during his playing days.

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