THE SECRET SCOUT: Brennan Johnson has been a loan star at Lincoln City

THE SECRET SCOUT: Brennan Johnson has been a loan star at Lincoln City… but the determined Harvey Barnes style forward needs to add more goals to his game

  • Brennan Johnson has shown great determination to run at defenders
  • His first touch and burst of acceleration are key aspects to his attacking skills
  • Lincoln star’s best role is out wide but he needs to boost his goal tally 

Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star.

This week, Lincoln’s on loan forward from Nottingham Forest, Brennan Johnson is under the spotlight…  

Lincoln forward Brennan Johnson shows plenty of confidence when he runs at defenders


AGE: 19

CLUB: Lincoln City (on loan from Nottingham Forest)


VALUE: £1m 2020-21

APPS: 31



This boyish-looking forward caught my eye with his determined running at defenders in possession of the ball.

Right-footed, he has moved around the front and is comfortable wherever he receives the ball.

His work rate is not in doubt. He reminds me a little of Leicester’s Harvey Barnes when I saw him on loan at MK Dons a few seasons ago.

I like the way he takes the ball easily in his stride with clean control. For a young player the confidence to put his foot on the ball before accelerating away with a short burst shows real maturity.

His father, David, played more than 400 career games, mainly for Forest and Ipswich. He, too, was quick and his son’s combination play showed an appreciation of his colleagues.

He won a senior Wales cap in November against USA.

However the 19-year-old needs to score more goals in his position as a forward


He may be too slight to play centrally. He may benefit from attacking from wide areas where there is more space. He needs to be aware that for all his making of goals he must also be a regular on the scoresheet as a forward.

Michael Appleton has loaned well at Lincoln with younger players keen to make an impact. Johnson is showing good signs.

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