By Sam Stone

4th May, 2022 | 7:32pm

View: Leeds United-linked Brennan Johnson can be perfect winger for Whites

Leeds United target Brennan Johnson has all the attributes to make the step up to the Premier League – if the Whites avoid relegation.

As reported by the Daily Mail on 26 April, 20-year-old Johnson is said to be of interest to Jesse Marsch, if Leeds remain in the Premier League.

Johnson has made a huge impact on a Forest side that narrowly missed out on automatic promotion at Bournemouth last night.

Forest had endured a torrid start to the season before a remarkable run under new manager Steve Cooper saw them come within a whisker of automatic promotion.

Johnson has 15 goals and eight assists in the Championship for Forest, operating primarily down the right flank.

What could the Forest winger offer Leeds if they were to retain their Premier League status?

First of all, Johnson is a well-rounded wide man, who can drift into goalscoring areas.

As per Wyscout, Johnson has the fourth-highest expected goal involvement with 21.36.

Compared to his 23 goal involvements, it shows that he has only been marginally overperforming, and this can be put down to Forest’s woeful start to the season.

His high level of goal involvement demonstrates two things.

Firstly, he actively looks to find himself in goalscoring positions, much like modern wingers do, with Liverpool’s attackers being the perfect example.

Secondly, he also has the ability to provide a good delivery for his teammates to capitalise on, with eight assists this season.

When it comes to attempted crosses, the Forest wide man is in the top 20 in the Championship, displaying his eagerness to provide ammunition for his teammates when the opportunity arises.

However, Johnson also ranks fifth for key passes in the Championship, potentially showing his ability to pick a vital pass in the final third.

This could suit Jesse Marsch’s demand on his playmakers to play forward quickly, with verticle passes.

As per Wyscout, Johnson is not afraid to shoot when given the chance, with 80 shots so far this season.

Again, something that will be encouraged by Marsch, with his previous sides looking to create a chance after winning the ball high up the pitch.

Johnson would be an excellent addition for the Whites if he did make the step up to the Premier League.

His array of attributes means he could be a versatile, direct and dynamic option for Jesse Marsch’s side.

At 20-years-old, the winger has a vast level of EFL experience and would only develop further in the Premier League.

However, if Leeds United were to join Forest in the Championship, a move would seem extremely unlikely.

If Forest remain in the second tier, they will undoubtedly look to build a team around the 20-year-old.

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