Nottingham Forest talent Brennan Johnson has claimed the prestigious EFL Young Player of the Year at an awards ceremony last night.

The 20-year-old beat off stern competition from teammate Djed Spence and Liverpool bound Fulham talent, Fabio Carvalho.

Johnson has enjoyed a storming maiden campaign playing Championship football; scoring 16 goals and claiming 10 assists to aid the Forest cause.

He has featured in every single Championship fixture and has Premier League interest emerging ahead of the summer transfer window.

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Last season, Johnson spent the campaign on loan with Lincoln in League One. There, he scored 13 goals and claimed 14 assists, with the Imps reaching the Play-Off Final.

Now, Johnson will hope to enjoy another play-off campaign with the Reds, with Steve Cooper’s men on the cusp of securing their place.

Following the announcement that he’d won the EFL Young Player of the Year award, Johnson stuck the knife into fierce rivals, Derby.

When asked what his highlights were, he said: “I think definitely the goals against Derby. I mean, it’s such a big game for Nottingham Forest and it was really good to do it against them.”

Johnson will hope to be in action tomorrow night when Forest face Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Johnson set for stardom but his short-term should be at Forest

It goes without saying that the 20-year-old is set for a big, big career in professional football. Right now, however, he needs to keep playing and what better place than Forest.

Boss Cooper has made him an integral part of the way he likes his teams to attack. Furthermore, he’s giving him the platform to play every single week.

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That is massively important and with that in mind, it would be lovely for Johnson to sign a new contract in the summer.

That would help Forest retain their valuation and one more season at the City Ground could alert some of the country’s biggest clubs towards his talent.

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