Alasdair Gold reveals where he expects Tottenham Hotspur to deploy Brennan Johnson
The Tottenham Hotspur faithful had every right to raise their eyebrows when the club splashed out £47.5 million to secure the services of Brennan Johnson from Nottingham Forest on deadline day.
According to The Telegraph, Johnson was Ange Postecoglou’s top attacking target, and Tottenham’s hierarchy firmly believes that they have landed one of the Premier League’s brightest young talents.
In a summer transfer window where the Lilywhites failed to secure an out-and-out replacement for the departed Harry Kane, Johnson’s arrival brings a breath of fresh air and a hint of excitement to the North London club.
But what role will Brennan Johnson assume in the Tottenham starting eleven? Alasdair Gold, the renowned Tottenham correspondent, has weighed in on this intriguing question. Gold believes that the man under the most immediate threat of losing his place in the starting lineup is none other than Dejan Kulusevski.
While Johnson’s versatility allows him to slot into various positions across the front line, Gold initially expects the pacey winger to compete directly with Kulusevski for the coveted right-wing berth.
Speaking in a recent Q&A on Football. London, Gold shared his insights on where Johnson might feature
“The great thing about Brennan Johnson – a trait many of the Spurs attackers share – is that he can play anywhere across that front line. His pace is going to make him a threat in any of the three roles. I think he’s going to put a lot of pressure on everyone up there.”
Indeed, Johnson’s versatility is a valuable asset for Postecoglou. His ability to adapt and thrive in different attacking positions provides the manager with a wealth of tactical options. However, Gold pinpointed the right wing as Johnson’s likely starting point.
In a squad brimming with talent, competition for places has reached an all-time high. Manor Solomon’s impressive debut last weekend certainly caught the eye, and the likes of Ivan Perisic and Bryan Gil are eager to stake their claim for a starting role.
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So, while the right-wing and central positions are likely destinations for Johnson, he can play anywhere. Let’s see where he ends up.