Nottingham Forest are set for a busy summer as Chris Hughton looks to reshape the squad to ensure they are capable of challenging for promotion next season.
Whilst all the excitement will be centred on who arrives at the club, the Reds will also have a battle to keep hold of key men at the City Ground.
And, one man who is attracting interest is Brennan Johnson, with The Athletic claiming that Burnley have kept tabs on the attacker who has just enjoyed a fantastic loan spell with Lincoln City in League One.
The plan at Forest was for Johnson to compete for a first-team spot next season and here we look at THREE reasons why the Championship club must not cash in on the talented academy graduate…
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He has an important role to play
Firstly, and crucially, Johnson should have a big part to play in the Forest squad that will look to push for promotion.
Hughton needs more attacking options and the fact the youngster is able to play behind the striker or down the flanks if required means he should be getting regular game time.
So, Forest shouldn’t want to lose someone who could be key to their promotion aspirations.
It would send out the wrong message
This could also have a knock-on impact at the club as well.
Johnson has been with Forest since he was a kid and the Reds need to show that they will give their own players a chance and potentially build the team around these exciting youngsters.
Losing Johnson without him really having a chance to prove himself would worry the academy players. Plus, if Forest are ambitious, which they are, then they shouldn’t be selling a good attacking player.
It will anger the fans
Finally, you can’t imagine that selling Johnson would go down well with the support.
As fans, watching young, academy players come into the first-team is great to see, so if Johnson departed for a low-end Premier League team it would be a real kick in the teeth.
With season ticket sales high and the fans believing that Hughton can be the man to lead the club back to the top-flight, they don’t want to lose that good feeling by sanctioning this transfer.