View: How will Brennan Johnson be affected by Jesse Lingard transfer at Nottingham Forest?
Nottingham Forest recently confirmed the signing of free agent Jesse Lingard, but how will this transfer affect the progress of starlet Brennan Johnson?
The 21-year-old was the club’s most prised asset prior to Lingard joining and was a contender for the club’s player of the season award last season.
However, with Lingard joining the club, it may affect Johnson’s role in the team, and Steve Cooper has a mission on his hand to fit both players into the starting line-up next season.
Upon joining the club, Lingard said: “I’m really happy and I just want to get going. [Nottingham Forest Youtube Channel]
“I’m aware of the club’s history and I believe we can do big things this year.”
Johnson and Lingard in the same team?
It will be difficult to fit Johnson and Lingard into the same team, in Steve Cooper’s current three-at-the-back formation, and they would have to change their setup to fit them both in.
The duo are both similar players, thriving off playing off a striker, making dangerous runs into the box, and scoring goals from various different positions.
They are difficult players to mark and thrive on having the freedom to roam and cause problems for the opposition with their movements and imagination.
With new signing, Taiwo Awoniyi, most likely to start up front, it would prove to be either Lingard or Johnson playing off the striker, if Cooper takes his setup to the Premier League.
However, if the former Swansea manager changes formation, he could have a move offensive formation that fits both attacking midfielders in the starting line-up and provide even more help for the Nigerian forward.
However, Cooper decides to set his team up next season, and having Lingard, who is eight years Johnson’s senior, help guide the youngster into the Premier League, using his experience, can only be a bonus for Johnson’s development,
Hopefully, the duo can work with each other, learn from one another and strike up a fruitful and deadly partnership together that boosts the Forest attack in their survival charge next season.