What a week it’s been for Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson. Seven days ago he helped the Reds win promotion and this evening he contributed towards Wales securing a place at the World Cup in Qatar.
Rob Page’s team will take part in the game’s greatest competition for the first time since 1958. Gareth Bale scored the only goal of the game this evening as they beat Ukraine 1-0.
A win for Wales means that England will find themselves coming up against three Forest related connections. The Three Lions and Wales will face Iran and the USA once the tournament gets underway.
Clearly, Wales qualifying means that Johnson will be trying his best to get one over on England. His teammate Ethan Horvath will hope to win a place in the USA squad too.
Elsewhere, there could be a familiar face in the Iran ranks at the winter competition. Karim Ansarifard was starved of regular game time at Forest but he’s a bit of a hero in his homeland.
Now in his thirties, this will likely be his last chance to go to a World Cup. He is currently playing his club football for AEK Athens where he’s a regular in the team.
Johnson heads to World Cup and Forest man looks set for stardom
Now the Reds have secured promotion, keeping Johnson should be easier. The club would dearly love him to sign a new contract and hopefully, that is something that will be in the offing.
Like Horvath, he will hope to play lots of football during the first three months of next season. If he does, he will have every chance of heading to the World Cup as part of the USA squad.
For Ansarifard the challenge will be to enjoy every second of it. Given his age, he’s unlikely to make another one and if he can bow out on a high, he would view that as an achievement.
Johnson is the one that offers the most intrigue though. He scored 19 goals and claimed 10 assists during 2021/22 and he’s been linked with several Premier League clubs.
Now, he will get the opportunity to play in the top flight for Forest and it’s quite scary to think how good he could yet become.
The World Cup in 2022 could be just the beginning for Johnson.