Footballing talent runs in the Johnson family. David Johnson was a fine striker for Forest and, with over 140 appearances, established himself as a fan favourite at the City Ground. Sadly, injuries cut short David’s career but now 14 years on, it’s Brennan’s time to shine:
The 18 year old is Forest through and through, having been at the club since he was 8. He has come through the fabled youth academy with a reputation. The reputation of a goal scoring midfielder. Johnson shone for the U18s, U21s and most recently the U23s, something which caught the eye of now former Reds boss Martin O’Neill. He was a prominent part of the Garibaldi’s pre-season and didn’t stop there.
At such a young age, he’s already made his first few appearances for the senior side and is without doubt in Sabri Lamouchi’s plans. As mentioned earlier, the forward has been highly rated from an early age. A testament to this is Everton having reportedly been in talks to sign him when he was just 15, quite the compliment. Forest demanded £1 million at the time for their teenage sensation, enough to fend off the Toffees’ interest. This resilience from Forest could pay its dividends in the not too distant future by the looks of it.
Mass football media may only just have heard of this 18 year old from West Bridgford. That’s because he could be in a tug of war between Ryan Giggs and Gareth Southgate. While on international duty, Johnson scored the only goal on his debut to win 3 points for Wales U21s against Belgium.
He’s grasped yet another opportunity thrown at him and the England boss is reportedly keeping tabs on him. Yet more high praise being heaped on one of Forest’s own. These links to the Three Lions may put more pressure on Giggs to fast track talent like Johnson into the senior side.
The Under 21 international’s friend and former Forest winger Arvin Appiah recently departed the City Ground to Spanish second division side Almeria for a hefty £8 million fee. Only time will tell who will fare better out of the two, but regardless, Nottingham Forest’s academy continues to shine.
As a Forest fan, I’m excited to see how Johnson does this season. Expectations are high for him and thus far, he has passed all of his tests with flying colours. England or Wales, let’s hope he can have the career he’s being tipped to have…
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