After the conclusion of the first international break in the 2023/24 season, Tottenham Hotspur’s manager, Ange Postecoglou, finds himself with an exciting addition to his attacking arsenal.
Following the departure of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich in early August, Spurs secured the services of Brennan Johnson from Nottingham Forest on the transfer deadline day, in a deal valued at £47.5 million.
Johnson, the talented Wales international, committed to a six-year contract in London, reflecting Tottenham’s high expectations for him.
Nottingham-born Johnson played a pivotal role in Forest’s promotion to the Premier League and their subsequent survival in the top flight. Under Postecoglou’s guidance, he has the opportunity to elevate his game further.
The manager enthusiastically described Johnson as “just another exciting young player,” highlighting his versatility and threat in the final third.
Postecoglou emphasized the importance of signing individuals who are not only talented footballers but also possess ambition and hunger to improve.
Johnson, who has experience playing in various positions, including right winger and striker, may pose the most immediate challenge to Dejan Kulusevski, a current Tottenham player.
Kulusevski made a strong start to his Spurs career, contributing to their Champions League qualification with impressive statistics, including five goals and eight assists in 18 Premier League games during his first four months.
However, his form dipped in the subsequent season, with just two goals in all competitions.
The arrival of Postecoglou has been favorable for Kulusevski, who now enjoys a more attacking role and greater involvement in the final third.
Although he has shown glimpses of his potential, such as his goal against Bournemouth and his contribution to Pape Matar Sarr’s strike against Manchester United, he has yet to consistently replicate his earlier success.
The competition for a starting spot from Johnson could serve as motivation for Kulusevski to rediscover his top form.
With both players offering strong options on the right flank, Postecoglou has increased tactical flexibility and depth in his squad, which bodes well for Tottenham’s aspirations in the season ahead.
As Tottenham’s attacking trio begins to gel, Kulusevski’s return to his best form could be instrumental.
The signing of Johnson not only provides healthy competition but also serves as a reminder of the manager’s commitment to nurturing young talent with potential.
With two excellent options on the right flank, Postecoglou is well-equipped to push Tottenham forward as they aim to reestablish themselves as a top-tier club.