Opinion: Leeds United simply must fend off competition to sign this EFL star

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Nottingham Forest youngster Brennan Johnson is attracting attention from the Premier League, and Leeds United should act on their current interest in him.

The Whites have a lot to be pleased with this season, and one of the main successes has been how well Victor Orta has invested in new signings.

Not only has the first-team been improved in vital areas of the pitch to make relegation not even a concern this season, but also the under-23s have benefitted from big signings.

Mark Jackson’s side clinched promotion from the Premier League 2 Division 2 recently after romping to the league title.

With the first-team consolidating their position in the Premier League and the under-23s in a higher division next term, there comes the chance to sign new players in both capacities.

Championship raid?

The bulk of Leeds’ business for the first-team is expected the be from abroad after the success of 2020’s signings.

However, when we take a look at some of the younger players we’ve signed, the core have come domestically.

Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood, Cody Drameh all came from English clubs and have been the standout players in the under-23s this season.

The proof is there for any other prospective names looking to leave this summer that Leeds is a ggood place to develop.

The Athletic are reporting that the Whites are interested in Nottingham Forest’s attacking midfielder Brennan Johnson.

Johnson is currently on-loan at League One promotion-chasers Lincoln City, and impressing in the process.

However, Leeds aren’t the only club alerted to his development so far, with Burnley and Brentford also keeping tabs.

No-brainer signing

The report details that Forest manager Chris Hughton is very impressed with how Johnson is getting on at Sincil Bank, and values the 19-year-old at around £10million.

For a player currently plying his trade in the third tier, that might seem a touch steep.

10 goals and 12 assists in his first season of regular senior football is a brilliant return, especially in a physically demanding league.

It’s hard to compare League One to Premier League football or even what the difference is to under-23s, but when Johnson is the star player in a team that Robbie Gotts was struggling to get into, there’s an incredibly talented player there.

The idea of signing players at this age is with the intention that they can push towards the first-team as soon as they are ready.

Johnson certainly looks ready for the Championship and Forest, but he could bypass that easily by joining Leeds.

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