James Garner returned to form for Nottingham Forest on Friday night as the Reds drew 0-0 with West Brom. After the game, he drew some praise from former Manchester United talent Angel Gomes.

The pair played together at United at various youth levels. Garner is still considered a burgeoning talent at Old Trafford; although Gomes was allowed to join Lille on a free in August 2020.

Gomes has played 10 times for the French champions this season. He also made 10 appearances in the first team at United and it was perhaps a surprise when he was allowed to leave.

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Garner is highly-rated behind the scenes at Old Trafford. He was handed a new long-term deal prior to joining Forest for the second time on loan back in August.


The 20-year-old has taken some time to settle during his second spell at the City Ground. Recently he had lost his place in the team to experienced performer Jack Colback.

With the midfielder suspended for Friday though, Garner was allowed the freedom to play in his natural position in the middle of the park – and he grasped the opportunity!

Garner has now played 16 times for Forest in all competitions and on this showing, there is more to come from the Manchester United owned talent.

What did Gomes say about Forest star Garner?

The former United man was clearly watching his former teammate in action on Friday night. He was quick to post on Twitter about the brilliance of the 20-year-old.

Garner is now edging towards something which resembles his best form and he’s busy giving boss Steve Cooper a selection headache.

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Colback will be available for the game against Peterborough next week and he must decide who gets the nod in midfield.

Gomes used four words to rave about Forest star Garner and he was clearly impressed with what he saw.

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