By Danny Mills

9th Jan, 2022 | 11:05am

Mills issues 'brilliant' verdict on Leeds signing Johnson after Beckham reveal

Danny Mills is not convinced Brennan Johnson would have a major impact on the second half of the season if Leeds United were to sign him in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted it is a “big, big step up from the Championship to the Premier League”.

Football Insider reported on Thursday (6 January) that Leeds United are monitoring Johnson of Nottingham Forest.

Premier League rivals Brentford have had a £12million bid knocked back for the 20-year-old.

Johnson has scored five times and provided four assists in 25 Championship games for Forest in his first full season in the division.

The Wales international spent last season on loan at Lincoln City as they reached the League One play-off final.

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“It’s the way forward for everybody,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Going for youth and young players and developing them which is brilliant but sometimes you do need established players.

“Football is about a balance, it’s all about having the right mix of people.

“It would be a decent signing but is that a player who is going to have an impact in the back end of the season? Possibly not, it’s more of one that may have an impact next season.

“It’s a big, big step up from the Championship to the Premier League.”

Johnson is the son of former Forest and Ipswich Town David who was in the Man United academy with David Beckham.

The all-time great has consistently congratulated Brennan Johnson on social media, most recently when he made his first start for Wales in September last year (2021).

In other news, Leeds United ‘may already have a £30m player’ at Thorp Arch after deal is done this week.