Leeds United are showing interest in Nottingham Forest starlet Brennan Johnson.
They claim that along with the Whites, the likes of fellow Premier League sides Leicester and Brentford, as well as Championship outfit Barnsley, have all “shown varying degrees of interest” in the Wales international.
Johnson’s former manager at Forest, Sabri Lamouchi, hailed him not just as an “unbelievable player” but one with the “right mentality” too, and that will surely be music to the ears of Bielsa.
The forward enjoyed an impressive campaign on loan at Lincoln City in League One last season, scoring ten goals and providing a further twelve assists in the league – his displays were key as they made the play-off final, losing to Blackpool 2-1 despite him setting up a goal at Wembley.
With that canny knack of finding himself in the right place at the right time, there’s a lot to like about Johnson’s game, and there are some very exciting similarities between him and a young Dele Alli.
His boss at Lincoln, Michael Appleton has raved about the fearlessness of the versatile attacker, something very much akin to Alli when he was at MK Dons – the England international predominantly played in central midfield, but could also play out wide and as a number ten too.
He said: “Brennan has been great. He has a lot of pace and gives us directness when we look to counter. He has played in numerous positions for us. He has played as a nine, as a ten, as a central midfielder. He has never moaned and just gets on with it.”
Given his age and his incredible versatility, Johnson looks like Bielsa’s dream. Able to play in a number of different positions, with the “right mentality” to keep working hard and learning from his managers, he could well be a real pet project for the Leeds boss at Elland Road, one he’d surely love to have in his squad.