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Nathan Tyson reveals what he wants to see more of from Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson

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Former Nottingham Forest player Nathan Tyson has admitted he wants to see more deliveries into the box from his side’s star winger Brennan Johnson in the future, speaking on Nottinghamshire Live’s Garibaldi Red Podcast.

The 20-year-old generated a lot of excitement when arrived back at the City Ground following his season-long loan spell at third-tier outfit Lincoln City, registering 13 goals and 16 assists in all competitions under Michael Appleton as he played a huge part in guiding the Imps to the play-off final.

He started this season in the perfect way, almost single-handedly creating Forest’s first goal of the campaign away at Coventry City with his run and assist for Lyle Taylor to tuck home.

Scoring three times and recording three assists in total in his first 12 league games of 2021/22, his goal contributions have dried up since then, still performing well at times but being the subject of mild criticism from some of the East Midlands side’s fans on social media recently.

One area for improvement many have picked up on is his ability to look up and pick the right pass, something he hasn’t always done in recent games amid a minor loss in form.

He is still likely to be a great asset for the Reds for the remainder of the season with his talent and potential – and ex-Forest Tyson has delivered advice to the youngster having known the Welsh international since he was young as someone who played on the wing himself occasionally throughout his career.

Speaking about his own playing days and providing him with a key area for improvement, the 39-year-old said (quotes via Nottinghamshire Live): “I massively simplified my game.

“I used to try a step over now and then when I was younger and I remember my youth team coach Kevin Dillon saying stop that.

“You don’t need to do that, just knock the ball and run.

“There were times defenders rugby tackled me into the stand.

“Use your ability. Brennan has got a lot more. He can jink in and out. He can twist a defender up which is fantastic in tight spots.

“But I would like to see more deliveries into the box. He has the ability. He is going to go far and has a bright future ahead of him.”

The Verdict:

Tyson has identified an aspect of the 20-year-old’s game that could take him to the top.

He may be a talented player already, but the ability to swing in an early cross would give him another weapon in his armoury that he could utilise, especially important for a winger with the need to be multi-dimensional.

Retaining that unpredictability will make him a much more effective player.

Getting crosses in may not be his natural game, but spending extra time on the training ground perfecting his deliveries will set him apart from other wingers in the Championship, then giving him the platform to go on and take the step up to the top tier of English football.

Taking a step back at times and watching on from the bench may also be beneficial for the Welshman, who is still only 20 and could take a breather at times to view the game from the subs bench, providing him with another perspective of the game.

His time in training with a former youth coach in current manager Steve Cooper will also be a major boost for his development.

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