Brennan Johnson has said that he never had any doubts about making the move to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer after the North London club presented their plans to him.
According to various reports, Ange Postecoglou himself pushed for the 22-year-old to be signed, with the Australian said to rate the youngster as one of the best young players in the Premier League (Telegraph).
Johnson has admitted that the decision to leave his boyhood club was not easy but insisted that the time was right to make a step up.
“Being at Forest for that long, knowing so many people and having all my friends and family from there it was a hard decision to make.
“But it was the right time, especially coming to a club here that’s so forward-thinking and has such a great team, manager and staff. I had seen them play already this season and was so impressed, it suited me at this point in my career and it’s pleasing they were able to get it done – I’m so happy.”
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Johnson remarked that there are similarities between Steve Cooper and Postecoglou work, revealing that the latter was clear in the summer about where he would fit into his system.
When asked about the differences between the Forest boss and the Tottenham head coach, the Wales international said: “They’re both similar in that they don’t think they’re anything they’re not.
“They’re really nice guys as well as great managers and I have full respect for both of them. Steve gave lots of trust to me, especially in the final third, he wanted me to express myself and show my ability.
“Ange speaks so well. I don’t think he wanted to overcomplicate things. He knew me and told me I’d fit into the system well and what he wants me to do isn’t too different to Forest.”
The pacy attacker admitted that he is still developing in his new role at Spurs, adding that the way the team plays is a perfect match for his attributes.
Johnson continued: “Under him (Postecoglou) it’s about trusting yourself, believing in yourself and playing to the system because there are different things I need to adapt to.
“As everyone sees it’s a refreshing place to be, with the manager, new players and the ones that were already here and everyone getting behind it.
“Once I’m fully involved, I’ll know where to be – I’m developing now and he told me it was the right thing to do, and the team suits the way I play, it’s a perfect match.”
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Over the past couple of games, we are starting to see just why Postecoglou was so keen on bringing Johnson to the club. The 22-year-old’s display against Aston Villa was arguably his best of the season so far, with the winger creating a lot of problems with his directness.