A huge claim has emerged on Brennan Johnson and his future at Nottingham Forest beyond the summer transfer window…
The Telegraph’s John Percy has claimed that the club have reached an agreement with the winger over a deal to keep him at the City Ground for many more years to come.
He tweeted: “Brennan Johnson is set to sign a new contract with # ahead of the new Premier League season. Terms now agreed with the club on a long-term deal for the Wales international. Huge boost for Forest as there has been interest from other PL clubs..”
The Athletic’s Paul Taylor followed that up by tweeting: “# have held positive negotiations over a new deal with Brennan Johnson – who is expected to sign a four-year contract, if the final details can be agreed. Hugely positive news if it gets over the line as hoped.”
Forest supporters will surely be left feeling delighted by this news, as keeping hold of the youngster – instead of losing him to one of the Premier League teams eyeing him up – could be the difference between top-flight survival and going down.
Johnson has established himself as a key player for Steve Cooper and shown that he has the quality to be a match-winner on his day.
In the Championship last season, the 21-year-old registered 16 goals and 10 assists in 46 games as he delivered on a regular basis in the final third, creating 15 ‘big chances’ for his team-mates in total as he provided 1.3 key passes per match.
No other Forest player reached those levels in terms of direct goal contributions, and this emphasises how important he will be to the team’s attack next term.
Whilst it remains to be seen how he will adapt to playing in the top flight, on paper Johnson appears to be the club’s best bet to be their main man in the Premier League.
If he can score and create goals at even half the rate that he did in the second tier, then he could win valuable points for Forest which can help them in their attempt to avoid relegation at the first time of asking.
Therefore, fans will surely be delighted with this fresh contract agreement and will now be hoping that he can continue his development and turn himself into an impressive performer at the top level as he gains more first-team exposure.