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Leeds United Keeping A Keen Eye On This Championship Playmaker: What Will He Add To Marsch’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Mail claimed that Leeds United are keeping a keen eye on Nottingham Forest playmaker Brennan Johnson. It is believed that the Whites are hoping to land the Welsh attacker during the summer transfer window.

Johnson’s Excellent Form In English Football This Season

Johnson is having a fruitful campaign in the EFL Championship as he has put in several match-winning displays for Nottingham over the past ten months. The 20-year-old has featured in 46 matches for the English outfit this season, netting 16 goals and providing nine assists across various competitions.

The Nottingham-born sensation has been a joy to watch at the City Ground based on his average of 1.8 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the English Championship. However, he needs to work on improving his accuracy when distributing possession in the final third after completing 72.6% of his attempted passes in the English second division (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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What Will Johnson Add To Leeds United Head Coach Jesse Marsch?

Johnson can strike the ball with venom and precision from long range and can make some promising runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty box.

The Welsh sensation has got the vision to cut open the opposition defence with a killer pass in the attacking third of the field. However, Johnson needs to work on improving his ball distribution up top if he wants to be a success story at a club like Leeds. There are even some question marks over whether he would be able to replicate his good form in the Premier League where he will be tested physically week in week out.

Still, Johnson will add more goals and creativity to Jesse Marsch‘s attack. He will even increase competition for places within Leeds United‘s squad. The nine-time Wales international has got a very bright future ahead of him which makes him a perfect fit for Marsch’s style of play at Elland Road. All in all, the Whites would be wise to engineer a move to bring the talented playmaker to West Yorkshire during the summer transfer period.

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