Garibaldi Red presenter Matt Davies has listed Brennan Johnson as his Nottingham Forest player of the season.
The Nottingham-born Welsh international has had a breakout season in the east Midlands, finishing the campaign with 19 goals and 10 assists, including a goal in each leg of the play-off semi-final against Sheffield United.
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He topped the scoring charts in Steve Cooper’s side, and the manager will be no doubt hoping to tie down the 20-year-old as he enters the final 12 months of his contract ahead of their season in the top flight.
When discussing Forest’s player of the year, Davies without hesitation said Johnson – and plenty, you would think, would be inclined to agree, with the presenter blown away by the young forward’s output.
Speaking on the Garibaldi Red podcast, he said:
“I think Brennan is just that X-factor player. If he has a quiet game, they watch him so closely, he frees up space for someone else, and that contribution – what I think was 19 goals and 11 assists or something like that over the course of the season – is just mad.”
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As well as being the club’s leading scorer, Johnson also finished level with chief creators James Garner and Philip Zinckernagel in terms of assists, while his 7.1 average SofaScore rating for the season leaves him just behind four first-team regulars.
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Such was his form this season, the promising attacker has, of course, attracted suitors, and with a return to the top flight secured, Cooper will be hoping he can hold on to arguably his most valuable asset.
In late April, The Daily Mail revealed that Leeds United had joined Brentford and Newcastle United in the hunt for the frontman.
The report said that he would cost around £20m, but it did state that any potential move to Leeds would hinge on whether the Whites stayed in the top tier – which would suggest that Johnson is seeking Premier League football, so now that is achievable with his boyhood club, perhaps he will stay put.