Brennan Johnson good enough for Premier League top six team, says Robert Page

Wales coach Robert Page says Brennan Johnson could play for a top six premier league team now and the clubs that wanted him in January missed out.

Nottingham Forest forward Johnson heading into Sunday Sky Bet Championship play-off final against Huddersfield following a breakthrough season for club and country.

Johnson has scored 19 goals this season and was named the Championship Young Player of the Season at the EFL awards last month.

The 21-year-old was the subject of an £18million offer from Brentford in January but opted to stay at the hometown club for which his father David played between 2001 and 2006.

Page said: “Brennan is the future of Welsh football and I think he’s in the top six (Premier League) now.

“He showed he had that potential and that ability.

“I saw that in him for a long time and it was great to see his development.

“I think the teams that were interested in him in January have lost now.”

Johnson has scored 14 of his 19 goals since the new year as Forest’s rise under Steve Cooper has accelerated.

He was on target in both legs of the semi-final victory over Sheffield United, and Page reserved particular praise for his father-agent in his progress.

He said: “We all know his dad and his management has been great as well.

“There was a lot of talk about him in January and it didn’t faze him at all.

“He didn’t crumble under that pressure. He enjoyed it and he took it to another level again.

“He could have chased the money and quadrupled his salary, if not more.

“But that’s not it for him, and it’s so refreshing to see young people wanting to play and win trophies.

“Everything else will take care of itself, the money, the nice houses and the nice cars will come.

“He was confident in his abilities, wanted to stay at the club that showed him love and matched the way he played.

“His development has taken off and he will get his shot – and we will benefit from that as well.”

Wales begins its Nations League campaign against Poland in Wroclaw on June 1, four days before they face Scotland or Ukraine in Cardiff.

Skipper Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen are among those set to be dismissed for the Poland clash.

Page said: “I’m going to use these Nations League games as a tool to give the Brennan Johnsons of the world an opportunity, to expose them to the best players and the best teams.

“The Nations League is not the be-all and end-all. It’s about exposing young players to such opposition.

“So in 12 months, or in two years, when we are in an important game for the World Cup or the Euros, these players will have benefited from this experience and will be perhaps the ones to score the winner to take us through. ”

Brennan Johnson good enough for Premier League top six team, says Robert Page

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