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Aston Villa Are Among Several Clubs Hoping To Sign This Nottingham Star: Decent Fit For Emery?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent report, The Daily Mail stated that Aston Villa are among several clubs hoping to sign Nottingham Forest star Brennan Johnson. It has been claimed that the Villans are showing interest in recruiting the Welsh playmaker during this summer transfer window.

Johnson’s Decent Campaign In The Premier League

Johnson has enjoyed a decent campaign at Nottingham as he has managed to catch the eye with his performances for them in the final third. The Nottingham-born talent has found the back of the net on ten occasions and grabbed three assists in 44 matches for his current club this season in various competitions.

The 22-year-old has been a decent performer on the attacking end of the field based on his average of 1.4 shots, 0.7 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. However, he has to find a way to improve his ball distribution as evidenced by his pass success rate of 62.8% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Midlands club will expire in the summer of 2026. Therefore, Aston Villa will have to pay a hefty fee if they want to sign the Welsh sensation in this off-season.

Brennan Johnson
Nottingham Forest’s Welsh striker Brennan Johnson (L) is tackled by Brighton’s English midfielder Solly March (R) during the English Premier League football match between Nottingham Forest and Brighton and Hove Albion at The City Ground in Nottingham, central England, on April 26, 2023. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)

Is Johnson A Decent Fit For Aston Villa Boss Unai Emery?

Johnson is a good dribbler with the ball and can create the odd chance for his teammates in the final third. He can shoot the ball well from long range and can chip in by netting his fair share of goals up top. The Welsh talent mainly operates as an attacking midfielder but can also function as a winger on either flank if told to do so.

We can expect Johnson to bring more firepower to Aston Villa‘s attack. He would be an upgrade over Philippe Coutinho who has failed to prove his worth at Villa Park so far.

At 22, the future is quite promising for Johnson. Plus, he has begun to find some consistency at the highest level. Hence, the Welsh starlet would be a great fit for the Villans‘ head coach Unai Emery in the long run.

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