WHAT were you doing at the age of 20? Not many could say they had broken into the Wales squad and been named the Championship’s young player of the season.

That’s exactly what has happened for Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson who has had a stellar season for the Reds.

He has scored 15 goals and provided 10 assists in his side’s rise from the bottom to third place in the Championship and has rightly been named best young player in the league.

But where can Johnson go from here? Can he be the next Gareth Bale? Will he be playing next season in the Premier League?

The stats certainly suggest he can get better and better and with rumours swirling of clubs being interested in him it could only be a matter of time before a move to the top level of English football happens.

He could achieve that with Forest if their rise continues under Welsh boss Steve Cooper who will do well to persuade his young star to stay at the City Ground, regardless of whether or not they achieve their aim of promotion.

Johnson made his debut for Forest in 2019 and just over a year later he made a loan move to League 1 side Lincoln City.

He showed his potential there with ten goals in 40 appearances and he rejoined a Forest side who had just finished 17th in the league under former boss Chris Hughton.

Hughton could not find a winning formula and although Johnson scored his first goal in Forest colours in a 1-1 with rivals Derby County in August it wasn’t enough to save the former Brighton manager from the sack.

Under Cooper Johnson has flourished and his excellent displays have quickly seen him become a fan-favourite at the City Ground.

Fans will be keen to see him stay but clubs such as Newcastle and West Ham have reportedly been monitoring the Welshman’s progress.

He may not have scored for Wales yet but at the age of 20 he is one of Wales’ future stars.
Wherever Johnson ends up next season he will certainly be one to watch and Welsh fans will be hoping he can transfer his league form to the national team.

Forest have three games left this season and Johnson will be looking to put any rumours to one side while he concentrates on his own game.

It has certainly been a season to remember for the Welsh winger and he can only get better.