Former Nottingham Forest defender Steve Cook has delivered his verdict on Brennan Johnson after his £47.5 million move to Tottenham Hotspur.

32-year-old Cook played with the winger during the club’s promotion season – the campaign in which Johnson burst onto the scene for Steve Cooper’s side.

Welsh international Johnson carried his Championship form into the Premier League, as he scored eight times, whilst contributing three assists in his maiden campaign in England’s top flight.

The now QPR centre-back spoke highly of the 22-year-old, admitting that he did superbly well to manage the expectations of the club and fans at such a young age.

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Steve Cook on Brennan Johnson’s rapid rise

Speaking on the Garibaldi Red Podcast yesterday, Cook was full of praise for his former teammate, backing him to reach the very top of English football.

“He’s so young and so talented. Brennan [Johnson] is naturally extremely fast, a very good finisher and progressed a lot in a short space of time.

“It was a huge expectation on his shoulders for a young boy coming through having to score the goals to take us back to the Premier League is massive.

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“He kind of just got on with it and I think when you can do that, you can manage them expectations better and grabbing the goals he scored last year just go to show what he’s capable of.

“He is a top player Brennan and he can be anything he wants to be. If he can get his head down he can go to the next level and be a regular at a top four or top six side.”

Forest academy graduate Johnson will be hoping to make his Spurs debut on Saturday, as his new side take on Sheffield United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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