Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson has named an international teammate as his toughest opponent this season.
The 20-year-old was quizzed on the Sky Sports EFL podcast earlier this week and chose Sheffield United star Rhys Norrington-Davies.
Johnson has been in fine form for the Reds during 2021/22. He has scored 15 goals and registered eight assists during the campaign.
Last season he spent the season out on loan with Lincoln City. There he helped Michael Appleton’s team reach the play-off final with 13 goals and 14 assists.
He’s taken the Championship by storm and in January it seemed for all the world like he’d move to Brentford. The Bees made four bids, all of which were rejected by Forest.
It seems as though he didn’t particularly like facing Norrington-Davies, however.
When quizzed on his toughest opponent, Johnson told the Sky Sports EFL podcast: “I’d probably say Rhys Norrington-Davies at Sheffield United. I know him from Wales as well, he’s a really good player, a really tough defender.
“I played against him recently and he’s really tough to get past.”
The Sheffield United defender has been pretty regular in the team during 2021/22. He’s made 24 appearances, playing the majority of his football as a wing-back.
Still, Norrington-Davies is hardly considered among the big-hitters when it comes to Championship defenders. As a result, Johnson’s claim is perhaps a little surprising.
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The youngster might have been asked who his toughest opponent has been but plenty of defenders will be happy not to have to face Johnson again this season.
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The 20-year-old has been in superb form for Forest. He’s been mesmerising at times and against Blackpool recently he was practically unplayable.
Johnson will be a big player between now and the end of the campaign and if he stays true to his current form, Forest might just reach the Premier League.