Brennan Johnson has had quite the stifled start to life in a Tottenham shirt.
After joining from Nottingham Forrest following the end of the summer transfer window, the player got his first minutes as a substitute in the 2-1 victory over Sheffield. He then got his first start the following match in the 2-2 draw to Arsenal, however, he left the pitch early with a knock that saw him miss two subsequent games.
He finally came on again in the 81st minute at Fulham, and then the 64th minute against Palace, where he assisted on a crucial goal.
He was subbed off in the 34th minute the following match against Chelsea after Cristian Romero’s early red card forced Ange to make some tough choices. After finally being given a good run at it against Wolves, Johnson was able to bag a 3rd minute goal despite Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat.
In 217 minutes of action, a little over two full games of play, the Welshman has netted a goal and assist. He’s done well so far despite an awkward first few months of playing time and injury, begging the question, how crucial could he be for Spurs moving forward?
Here’s what Ange had to say in his most recent press conference following the Wolves clash:
“Brennan’s not really had a clean run… he’s had a really disrupted beginning of his career with us and I think the more we get him into situations, there’s definitely goals in him, more of a goal threat in him, but you could see at the end [of the Wolves match] that he sort of ran out of legs because he just hasn’t played a lot of football since the start of the year.”
The consensus at the moment seems to be that he has yet to fulfill his potential in North London, largely due to his fluctuations in fitness. With Richarlison sidelined to injury for what could be a few months, however, he’ll likely be getting tremendous game time.
Tottenham face tough opponents in the coming weeks with Aston Villa at home and City away for the next two fixtures. Johnson will surely be given the chance to get his stamina back up over the international break ahead of the matches, and he’ll be a crucial point of attack with James Maddison set to be out until the new year as well.