Nottingham Forest’s Under-23s finished their campaign in style last night with a 4-1 win over Ipswich Town.
Brennan Johnson was the star of the show for Jimmy Gilligan’s men. The son of former Forest striker, David, bagged a superb hat-trick with all three goals coming in the first half.
The younger Johnson is performing way above his years this season. The 17-year-old has been in good goalscoring form for the Under-23s with last night the tip of the iceberg.
One of his goals last night saw bend an unstoppable free-kick from over 25 yards into the top corner of Harry Wright’s net.
The future looks seriously bright for Johnson. Forest boast an impressive conveyor belt of talent and the teenager could be the next off the production line.
The Reds supporters have not had much to shout about at first-team level of late. Martin O’Neill’s men are currently on a run of three successive defeats.
One thing that fans are united with it the need to give more youngsters a pathway to play senior football. With Forest having very little left to play for this season, there is a possibility that Johnson could take his first-team bow before the campaign finishes.
Following his latest stunning performance, Reds supporters took to Twitter to rave about their latest emerging prospect.
Just like his dad lethal in front of goal dad no doubt is beaming with pride
— Mark (@Markxpaula) April 15, 2019
@NFFC more goals than any of our players in 1 game this season take notes
— xJoshF14 (@VFL_Josh) April 15, 2019
Chuck them in Friday!!
— Darren Grice (@grice_darren) April 15, 2019
Get him in the squad for the first team!
— JCMedia (@_JCMedia_) April 15, 2019
First half hat-trick for Welsh U19 Brennan Johnson (01). If Forest are realistic about where their season is, there’s no reason not to give Brennan his debut in one of the remaining games. https://t.co/02bSpI1zjm
— Rowd (@RowdenJRSG) April 15, 2019
Be nice to see him get his debut in the Garibaldi in the next few games ahead of a loan move or squad place next season. Credit to @davidaj09 and @GazBraz etc. for developing a great player with a great attitude! #NFFC
— Gaz Taylor (@GazTaylor7) April 16, 2019
Some good football by all the lads there. Hopefully see Johnson jnr get minutes off the bench before the end of the season.
— Chris B (@WBacky) April 16, 2019
Make sure he’s tied down on a decent contract. He looks like he’s got a bright future ahead of him
— Egor The Red (@EgorTheRed) April 16, 2019
One of the best 1st half performances I have seen from an Academy team . Great way to round off the season . Some serious talented individuals.
— Transfers (@WarsGoalie) April 16, 2019