Nottingham Forest could be handed a Premier League boost from Manchester United regarding James Garner. The 21-year-old has been on loan with the Reds during the 2021/22 campaign.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Reds could get the chance to loan Garner again if they can reach the Premier League. Forest face Huddersfield in the Championship Play-Off Final next weekend.
Garner has been a superb addition to the Forest ranks once again. Last season he scored four times in 20 appearances and boss Chris Hughton was keen to bring him back to the club.
Steve Cooper actually wanted him at Swansea during the summer. He lost out to Forest and he’s really kicked on under the Welshman since he checked in at the City Ground.
Garner is a tremendous midfield talent. He passes the ball superbly well, gets stuck in and his engine keeps him working hard for the duration of the 90 minutes.
United have Erik ten Hag due to start work tomorrow. He will join from Ajax and replace Ralf Rangnick who has been pretty underwhelming since replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this season.
He is thought to be keen on placing emphasis on the club’s younger players. Still, if the Red Devils have a chance to sign a new midfielder, Garner could be allowed to leave the club on loan again.
Forest would likely be interested. If the club reaches the Premier League, Garner moving to the City Ground for a third spell really would suit all parties.
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Although the incoming boss wants younger players to make an impact, they can’t all do so at the same time. United’s midfield needs some serious work and Garner might not be enough at this stage.
As a result, a loan move is perhaps a wise option. If United could get him out to a Premier League club then it does seem to make perfect sense for his development.
Garner has excelled in the Championship. With that in mind, it doesn’t seem likely that the 21-year-old will head to the second tier again and Forest will need promotion to lure him back.
This is big news for the club though. If Forest can win next Sunday, it looks like a real possibility that Garner will stay at the City Ground for a little bit longer.