EFL pundit Dean Ashton has raved about Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson but has told him one trait he needs to get out of his game.
The Reds’ talisman scored yet again as the Reds beat Bristol City 2-0 at the City Ground. He took his tally to five from his last seven games and 11 for the campaign.
Johnson was the subject of four failed bids from Brentford in January. Forest stood firm on their valuation and now they’re reaping the rewards.
Since the window closed he’s been in electric form. The former academy star has really stepped up to Championship football and looks destined for the Premier League.
Ashton heaped praise on the Forest sensation after Saturday’s win; although he wasn’t happy with one aspect of his performance.
When shown a clip of Johnson going down in the penalty area, Ashton chose to offer his thoughts on the incident.
He told EFL on Quest: “He’s such a talented player.
“I don’t like to see this thought. He’s been watching too much of Jamie Vardy. Sticking that right leg out to try and win the penalty, there’s just no need.”
“He’s such a talent and he proves he doesn’t need to do that. At 20 he’s a fantastic player and that’s five in his last seven games.”
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Johnson has been on the wrong end of some shockers from referees. At QPR earlier in the season, the Reds forward was clearly fouled twice in the first half with the referee on that night unmoved.
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On Saturday, however, the referee was right. Johnson had overrun the ball and it was actually he who instigated the contact with the defender.
All the 20-year-old can do is continue getting into these positions in the first place. Now, he’s scoring and creating goals and he’s very much the first name on the team sheet.
Ashton perhaps has a point regarding his acts of gamesmanship and if he can cut those out, he will be even better for it.