Nottingham Forest need to keep Garner


Nottingham Forrest manager Steve Cooper must do everything he can to keep his £3.6m-rated gem at the City Ground.

What’s the story?

Forest are currently flying high in the Championship but they are in danger of losing some of their key players.

One of them includes 21-year-old loan midfielder James Garner.

He has impressed massively during his time at Nottingham Forest while enjoying a temporary stint away from Premier League giants Manchester United.

He has been described as “flying”  by talkSPORT and in the summer it will be interesting to see if the Red Devils want to involve him in their first team.

Who is more important to Forest?

Garner

Johnson

Johnson

Recent reports suggest that Forest are interested in signing Garner permanently should they secure promotion from the Championship.

Key to their success

Forest, and in particular, their boss Cooper, have been good at giving young players chances. He is the former manager of the England U17 side which triumphed at the World Cup back in 2017.

Garner has made 37 appearances in a Forest shirt this season and has tallied nine goal contributions proving key to the team’s turnaround in form when Cooper was appointed back in September.

His passing stats are good with the Englishman having an 80% pass success and making on average 1.8 key passes each game.

But it’s his defensive stats where he stands out, he averages 1.3 interceptions each game which is more than United midfielder Scott McTominay.

He also averages 0.9 blocks per game which is more than another United midfielder Fred.

Whilst Forest are making the most of his talents this season, the better he performs the more the Red Devils will want to keep hold of him, something that represents a bit of a disaster for the Championship side.

The managerial situation is up in arms at Old Trafford currently and any new arrival may want to take a look at all the players available to them including Garner.

He even earnt praise from former United captain and fellow midfielder Roy Keane, who described him as “very good” following his FA cup quarter-final performance against Liverpool.

Garner himself may want to move back to the Theatre of Dreams and test himself against the rest of United’s squad. The Athletic’s Daniel Taylor certainly seems to think that is the case, saying that  ‘it is very much his ambition’ to fight for a place.

It’s hardly ideal timing considering the attention Brennan Johnson is also capturing but they can afford to forget about him a little bit in a bid to secure the United loanee’s signature too.

Whatever happens, he will have played an important part in any promotion success that Forest are involved in this year, but he’ll be a big miss next season.

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