This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Leeds United are reportedly in the race for Brennan Johnson this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The forward has been superb for Nottingham Forest and, according to the report, if Leeds stay up and Forest stay in the Championship, a move to Elland Road could be on.
Would he be a good signing for the Whites, then? We take a look…
Johnson would be an excellent signing for Leeds United – or for whichever club does land the attacker!
He has been outstanding this season and he has qualities that make you think he would handle the step up to the Premier League with ease. His pace, direct style and finishing ability means he has the potential to make his mark against the best in the country, and when you consider his age, he’s just going to get better and better.
The youngster should also be ideally suited to Marsch’s formation as he comes inside for Forest a lot to allow Djed Spence to overlap, so adapting to the 4-2-2-2 formation that the American uses shouldn’t be much of a problem.
With doubts about Raphinha’s long-term future, Johnson would be an ideal replacement, but even if the Brazilian stays you would expect the Forest man to force his way into one of the four attacking positions, as he is capable of impressing in different roles.
So, Leeds should do all they can to get this done, although you would expect it all depends on whether Forest win promotion.
We all know by now that Johnson is a talented individual and it’s just a matter of when, not if he becomes a Premier League player.
If Forest aren’t promoted this season then it’s almost a guarantee that he will be cashed in on – as for Leeds’ interest though then for me it all depends where the Whites see Johnson’s position as.
If it’s as a winger then Jack Harrison and Raphinha seem to have those positions locked down, but with Jesse Marsch utilising a 4-2-3-1 formation then it could be the number 10 position that Johnson goes into.
He could perhaps be seen as an upgrade on Rodrigo, who hasn’t been the player that Leeds thought they were signing, and the Wales international can also play as a central striker which is an area that needs to be addressed as well over the summer.
As long as they intend to make Johnson a regular starter and play him through the middle of the pitch then he would be a really good signing for Leeds next season.
Brennan Johnson has had a fantastic campaign in the Championship this season and in that sense he is certainly ready for a step up in levels.
As a result, he would be a good signing for Leeds United, however, he would need to prove himself at Premier League level in order to command a starting spot at Elland Road.
The likes of Jack Harrison, Dan James, and Raphinha if he stays, would all be ahead of Johnson in the pecking order initially and it would only be through earning it on the pitch that he would leapfrog the names mentioned above.
At 20 years old there is plenty of time for Johnson to do that though, should he wish.
Ultimately, this potential could come down to whether the player would prefer a move to a club where he would be guaranteed starting minutes, or to a club where, with stiff competition for places, he would not be absolutely guaranteed that starting spot right away, as is the case at Leeds.