James Garner is some player. His two goals during the Easter period for Nottingham Forest have just about confirmed safety.
The on-loan Manchester United ace scored a wonderful free-kick yesterday as Forest beat QPR 3-1 at the City Ground.
After the game, he earned some rave reviews on Instagram from Lyle Taylor, Watford striker Troy Deeney and some United youngsters.
Garner has been at Forest since the January transfer window. His performances have been tremendous and he’s become a real fan favourite.
Supporters would love to see him back at the City Ground next season but that ultimately might not be possible.
Premier League clubs are likely to be interested and a top-flight loan will surely be United’s desire for Garner.
He notched the winner during Friday’s win at Cardiff and scored his third goal for the Reds in yesterday’s game.
Taylor, however, claimed that his celebration needs some work:
Garner spent the first half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan at Watford.
Deeney is the captain at Vicarage Road and he had some words of praise after Garner’s goal yesterday.
Elsewhere, Manchester United talent Angel Gomes had a question for Garner on Twitter.
He wanted to know if the Forest man had meant to lob the goalkeeper; or whether he was trying to stick the ball into the box.
Is a Garner extension possible?
Given his current form it would seem unlikely.
Lots will have to happen in order for the Reds to stand a chance of landing the youngster for a second spell.
Firstly, United will need to have a desire to want him out on loan once again. If they don’t land one of their midfield targets, Garner could get a chance.
Secondly, Forest will need to hope that an offer from a Premier League club – or team playing European football isn’t forthcoming.
Lastly, Garner will need convincing by Forest that next season can be better than this one.
The 20-year-old is far too good to be playing for a side languishing in the bottom half of the Championship.
He looks to be enjoying his football though and that does bode well should another call come from Forest in the summer.