According to The Athletic, Leeds United have watched Brennan Johnson this season.
The Nottingham Forest starlet has spent the campaign thus far on loan at League One side Lincoln City, where he has been producing some impressive displays – in just 22 games in all competitions, he’s bagged seven goals and provided another seven assists.
Now, The Athletic claim that Johnson is attracting interest from the Premier League and beyond on the back of those performances, with Burnley and Brentford keen, and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds having watched him this season.
The report adds that “Forest are reluctant to sell unless somebody tables a significant bid that is too good to turn down, while they would be unlikely to sell to another Championship club”.
Able to play anywhere across the front-line, but predominantly a left-winger, Johnson could well represent Leeds’ future on that flank, with summer signing Raphinha on the opposite side.
Jack Harrison made it clear earlier this season just what Bielsa wants from his wide-men, saying: “I know what he wants from me as a player in my position and I am able to do that on the pitch. The first thing is running – he wants his wingers to do as much running, not only attacking but defensively as well.
“I am willing to do as much as I can on the pitch to help the team out in whichever way I can. After that comes the tactics and technique, and what I am capable of doing as well and all these things combined.”
And in Johnson, Bielsa would get another workaholic winger, with the 19-year-old perhaps being a rather surprising young player in that he doesn’t shirk any of the defensive responsibilities.
As per Sofascore, he’s made 1.1 tackles and won five duels per game this season, both of which are considerably higher than Raphinha (0.8 and 3), and almost on par with Harrison (1.8 and 5). Johnson isn’t scared of putting his foot in and getting involved in the physical battles, something Bielsa would surely relish given the kind of high-octane style Leeds have come to be known for.
It’s no surprise then that Johnson’s former boss at Forest, Sabri Lamouchi, hailed him not just as an “unbelievable player” but one with the “right mentality” too, and that surely has a lot to do with the kind of hard working attitude already instilled in the teenager’s game.
Young, with a proven end product already (albeit at League One level) and the willingness to do the dirty work too, Johnson seems tailor-made for Bielsa and could well strike up an exciting partnership with Raphinha both for now and for the future.