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“Not the only measure”- Postecoglou says he wanted more from Tottenham star Brennan Johnson despite goal vs Wolves

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Brennan Johnson, Emerson Royal and Richarlison of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate a goal.

Ange Postecoglou says he wanted more from Tottenham Hotspur star Brennan Johnson despite goal vs Wolves

Tottenham Hotspur star Brennan Johnson was on the scoresheet in the 2-1 Premier League loss against Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday.

The young winger is expected to assume a bigger role in attack with James Maddison’s recent injury. He started against Wolves and made his presence count, making a great run inside the box, and getting on the end of a Pedro Porro cross.

Johnson, 22, was signed for a huge fee from Nottingham Forest in the summer. £47.5million is a big, big figure for a player who didn’t have a lot of experience playing at the very top level.

Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh striker Brennan Johnson (L) celebrates with Pedro Porro (R) after scoring. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur’s Welsh striker Brennan Johnson (L) celebrates with Pedro Porro (R) after scoring. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

Ange Postecoglou seemingly expects more from Johnson. Asked if the goal would be a confidence booster for the Welshman, the Greek-Australian tactician said (h/t Football.London):

What does Postecoglou mean?

“I hope so. It’s not the only measure. He’s one of the ones I think could have been a bit more positive for us in the first half but again Brennan’s not really had a clear run at it. He’s had a real disrupted beginning to his career for us and I think the more we can get him into these situations there’s definitely goals in him.

“There’s more of a goal threat in him but again you could see at the end he ran out of legs because he hasn’t played a lot of football since the start of the year.”

Johnson now has a goal and an assist in six games for his new club. Let’s keep in mind that he is a very young player and is one for the future.

Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh striker Brennan Johnson (2L) shoots to score. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur’s Welsh striker Brennan Johnson (2L) shoots to score. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

The performance against Wolves was pretty average if you take away the goal. But what more could he have done? He hasn’t had a run of games for Tottenham, and Postecoglou knows that.

Stamina is something that can be worked upon, of course. There is no hiding that Ange needs his wingers to help out defensively as well, and surely Johnson will blossom into a quality player if he keeps playing for us at this level.

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We can expect to see more of him, at least until Maddison is back.

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