Neco Williams has warned the fans and the media outlets not to expect Brennan Johnson to replicate the success of Gareth Bale or Harry Kane at Tottenham, insisting that the 22-year-old will do things his own way.
The inevitable comparisons with Bale have already been made given that Johnson is another pacy Welsh forward, who is looked at by many as the successor to the Tottenham legend in the Dragons set-up.
The 22-year-old also has the additional pressure of living up to the tag of being Harry Kane’s replacement, with Spurs not signing an out-and-out number nine this summer.
His international teammate, Williams, has now insisted that those comparisons are not helpful for the new Tottenham man, admitting that the versatile attacker now faces the big challenge of having to prove himself at a top-six club.
When asked about the comparisons with Bale and Kane, the Forest star told Nottingham Post: “A lot fans will say that, but at the same time Brennan is not Gareth Bale or Harry Kane.
“He’s his own player and he has got his own style. He wouldn’t want to be compared to them or be seen as their replacements to step in.
“He has got the potential to reach the highest of levels. But at the same time he’s only 22 and still very young. He has proven it in the Premier League and now he has to prove it at what you’d say is a top-six team and do it in the Premier League again.”
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Williams also insisted that the switch to Tottenham has made Johnson more confident in his own ability, and revealed that there was a celebration among the Welsh contingent once the move became official.
The full-back added: “He’s got a move for big money and you can see that his confidence has taken him to the next level. Hopefully, he can take that with him into this Wales camp and win us some games.
“We celebrated with a little drink and some nice food [after the move went through]. It was a little meet-up and a chance to say congratulations to Brennan on his move. To be fair, he got the bill as well.
“Everyone was buzzing for him. It was last minute but we are all very pleased for him. I’m just not looking forward to seeing him come back to the City Ground!”
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I do not think any Spurs fan is expecting Johnson to fill Kane’s shoes, given that the 22-year-old is not an out-and-out number nine. However, there will be more pressure on the Wales international than he has been used to at Forest, particularly given the high price tag.