BBC Radio Nottingham pundit Steve Hodge has lauded Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson after his 10th goal of the season against Stoke City yesterday.

Johnson tapped Forest into the lead following some good build-up play by Sam Surridge and Max Lowe.

The Reds were forced to settle for a point with the game finishing 2-2 after Brice Samba was sent off and Joe Worrall forced to go in goal.

Johnson is a man in superb form for Forest. He has really taken to life in the Championship following his season-long stint in League One with Lincoln.

Forest Johnson
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After yesterday’s game, former Forest hero Hodge heaped praise on Johnson after yet another striker by the local lad.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “That’s a fantastic goal, his tenth of the season. He made a brilliant diagonal run, the cross was perfect and that wasn’t easy on the run.”

Johnson was the subject of several bids from Premier League clubs during the January transfer window.

The Reds stood firm though and since it slammed shut, Johnson has grown as a player, producing the goods on a regular basis.

Brentford came the closest to signing the player and they felt their final bid would be accepted.

Quality: Forest have a real gem in Johnson

The Reds did well to stand firm in January. Johnson has really grown in the last month or so and he’s propelled the team into contention for a play-off place.

Forest Johnson
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Johnson works tirelessly for the team and he’s the kind of big game player that Forest have perhaps lacked in recent times.

At the moment the 20-year-old’s contract situation is tricky. He has until the summer of 2023 at the City Ground and talks over an extension are on the agenda.

Given his current form, he’s already worth a fortune and a new deal would help Forest retain their valuation of him.

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