Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson has been named in an article that lists the most exciting players in world football. The 21-year-old has been a standout for the Reds during 2022/23 and it would appear that his performances aren’t going unnoticed.

ESPN have compiled a list of the most exciting burgeoning talents in world football. Johnson has been named 33rd in the list, sitting above Dortmund talent Giovani Reyna and Liverpool gem Harvey Elliott in the pecking order.

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Johnson took some time to get going in the Premier League. It’s not unfair to suggest that the player really got going after the World Cup, with some fans suggesting he was anxious about getting injured before the tournament.

Since returning from a disappointing campaign with Wales, Johnson has stepped up. Recently he scored two goals against Everton to hand Forest a massive point in the battle to avoid relegation back to the Championship.

Johnson signed a new four-year contract in the summer. Speculation was rife when it looked like Forest wouldn’t win promotion, with several clubs linked with his signature.

The Reds, fortunately, won promotion and the rumours stopped. Now, with Forest embroiled in another battle for survival, it seems only a matter of time before other clubs take notice; with Tottenham already mentioned to fancy him.

Johnson named one of the world’s most exciting players

This is fantastic news. Johnson’s stock continues to rise and it seems almost certain that clubs will be keeping tabs on his availability should the Reds drop into the Championship.

Forest will hope it doesn’t come to that of course. The Reds are still in a nice position and have their Premier League destiny in their own hands.

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A run of six games without a win isn’t ideal at this stage of the season, however. Saturday’s game against Wolves and Tuesday’s away at Leeds both look like massive contests.

Forest are sweating on Johnson too. The Reds player missed both of Wales’ games during the international break and it will be interesting to see if Cooper plays him on Saturday.

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