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Leeds United Ready To Launch A Move For This Talented Playmaker: Good Option For Bielsa?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Ekrem Konur stated that Leeds United are ready to launch a move for Nottingham Forest playmaker Brennan Johnson. It is believed that the Whites are planning to strengthen their attack by moving in for the Welsh attacker.

Johnson’s Impressive Numbers At The City Ground This Season

Johnson has experienced a solid campaign with the Nottingham-based outfit after catching the eye for them in the EFL Championship. The 20-year-old has registered three goals and three assists in 17 matches for his current club this season.

The Welsh youngster has done well to average 0.8 tackles, 1.7 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the English second division. However, he has been far from convincing when distributing possession in the final third, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 71.4% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Brennan Johnson of Nottingham Forest reacts to a missed chance during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on October 29, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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Is Johnson A Good Option For Leeds United Boss Marcelo Bielsa?

Johnson is a tough-tackling, attacking midfielder who can make some clever runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty area. He has got the eye to play a decisive pass in the attacking end of the field and is not afraid to have a strike at goal when afforded time and space by the opposition.

The five-time Wales international has added a few goals and assists to his game this season which has raised his stock in English football. If Leeds United are hoping to build for the future, Johnson could be a good option for them as he is a promising, young playmaker who would enhance the overall quality of Marcelo Bielsa‘s attacking department.

At 20, Johnson’s best years are ahead of him, so the Whites should only make an offer to acquire his services if they are willing to be patient with his development. It won’t be easy for the talented whizkid to maintain his good form in top-flight football. Still, the pros outweigh the cons of signing him, so Bielsa would be wise to go all out to lure him to Elland Road this winter or at the end of this season.

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