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Leeds United Are Monitoring The Progress Of This Talented Playmaker: Should Marsch Move In For Him?

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In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, renowned journalist Pete O’Rourke claimed that Leeds United are monitoring the progress of Nottingham Forest playmaker Brennan Johnson. O’Rourke said,

“I know Leeds scouts have been watching Johnson for a while, so I’m sure they might be thinking he could be a good addition to the team, especially if they lost someone like Raphinha.”

Johnson’s Impressive Numbers At The City Ground

Johnson is having a brilliant campaign in the EFL Championship after putting in a handful of mesmerising displays as a key member of Nottingham’s attack. The 20-year-old has registered 15 goals and seven assists in 43 matches for the English club this season in all competitions.

The Nottingham-born talent has been a consistent performer in the final third as he is averaging 1.8 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per 90 minutes in the English Championship. However, he needs to be more careful when interchanging possession with his teammates based on his pass success rate of 72% in the second tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Brennan Johnson of Nottingham Forest celebrates after scoring their side’s third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Nottingham Forest at Bloomfield Road on April 02, 2022 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
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Should Leeds United Boss Jesse Marsch Move In For Johnson This Summer?

Johnson can use his quickness to get the better of his marker in the final third. He has got a good work rate and has got the vision to create some decent openings for others around him in the opposition half.

At 20, Johnson will only get better with each year, so Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch should think about engineering a move to bring him to the Yorkshire club when the transfer window commences in the summer.

We can expect Johnson to bring a lot of pace and goals to Marsch’s attack and increase competition for places within his match-day squad. He could even help the Whites push for a top-half finish in the Premier League next season.

Thus, it is only logical for the West Yorkshire outfit to move in for Johnson later this year. Plus, he could even serve as an ideal replacement for Daniel James who has struggled to live up to the high expectations surrounding his move to Elland Road last summer.

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