Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson has been lauded by Wales under-21 coach Paul Bodin after his sparkling form for the Reds this season.
The 20-year-old is now away with the Wales senior ranks ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Austria.
He will hope to earn a start following his form this season. Johnson has scored 12 goals and claimed six assists for the Reds during 2021/22.
The academy graduate has come of age during the current campaign. Last season he scored 13 goals and registered 14 assists for Lincoln in League One.
This season he’s developed with each passing game he’s played and Johnson has featured in every single Championship game.
Bodin thinks having the belief in himself is the main factor in plenty of Premier League interest coming his way.
He told The Guardian: “A couple of years ago, I don’t think he realised how good he was. He’s now got all the ingredients, he’s got the right attitude, he’s got great family support, so the world is his oyster.
“He is a genuine, quiet and modest man. But once he’s unleashed on the pitch, he is a different animal.”
Forest must ensure they keep Johnson in the summer
The transfer window is bound to be a nervous time in the summer with a vast amount of Premier League interest in Johnson.
The young performer has been Forest’s match-winner this season but his contract situation is causing concern.
Johnson has just one-year running on his current deal and Forest will be determined to get him tied down to a new contract.
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Forest continue to nurture homegrown talent and Johnson is one of the best to emerge from the academy in recent memory.
The challenge for the Reds now is to secure his future at the City Ground and it would send out a real statement if something can be agreed.