John Thompson lauded Brennan Johnson on BBC Radio Nottingham after Nottingham Forest defeated Hull City 2-1 at the City Ground.
The Reds came from behind to defeat the Tigers with Lewis Grabban and Johnson scoring the crucial goals.
It was Johnson’s fifth goal of the campaign and his second in succession for Forest.
He beautifully controlled the ball from a Grabban cross before sliding a neat finish under goalkeeper Nathan Baxter.
Forest had to work hard to claim three massive points and in Johnson, Thompson thinks the Reds have got themselves a real star.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “He could be the driving force to take the club back to the Premier League.
“January will be interesting but I think Forest have to get his situation sorted pretty quickly.”
Johnson spent last season on loan at Lincoln City.
He grew as a player there, scoring 13 goals and claiming 14 assists.
Now, he’s back at Forest and has helped the team claim 33 points from 16 matches since the Reds parted with Chris Hughton.
The form has been remarkable and Johnson has been an integral part of how Steve Cooper has wanted his team to play.
Thompson is right…Forest must get Johnson situation sorted
The 20-year-old is bang in form and it’s no surprise to see Premier League clubs sniffing around.
With that in mind though, the Reds have to get Johnson tied down if only to preserve his valuation for a few more years.
The versatile forward will be out of contract in the summer of 2023 and that’s a worry for Forest.
Handing Johnson a new deal and getting him to commit his future to the club could be the biggest and best piece of business the club does in January.