Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson continues to see his stock rise. Last night he replaced Gareth Bale at half-time as Wales thrashed Belarus 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier.

Johnson has been inspired at Forest this season. He has scored three goals and claimed three assists, showcasing flashes of brilliance at times.

Last season, he was on loan with Lincoln in League One. He scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists as the Imps lost to Blackpool in the play-off final.

Johnson is tipped for a really bright future and Forest are currently in the process of trying to tempt him into a new contract.

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The 20-year-old was courted by Leicester and Leeds in the summer, whilst Brentford had no fewer than three bids rejected for the player.

Last night, Wales Online praised Johnson for his second-half display at the Cardiff City Stadium.

They gave him a 6/10 for his performance and commented: “Showed some promising flashes of his quality, but couldn’t quite make his mark.”

Johnson will hope to get more time on the pitch on Wednesday when Wales take on Belgium.

The 20-year-old is growing as a player under Steve Cooper and right now, he appears to be loving life in an attacking system.

Exciting: Forest must do whatever it takes to keep Johnson

The Reds have made a profit on several of their quality youngsters and having not been in the Premier League for over 20 years, the club remains one that sells their best players.

Johnson could be the best of the bunch when it comes to how much Forest can recoup from a potential sale – but only if the Reds can get him to sign a contract.

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The youngster will have one year remaining on his deal in the summer and that doesn’t bode well from a Forest perspective.

At the moment, Johnson is playing regular football and it would seem somewhat foolish to leave.

The Reds must reach Johnson’s demands and ensure he remains a Forest player for a few more years just yet.

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