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James Garner | The next big thing

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At just 19, the promising youngster James Garner already looks solid. He has been quickly rising through the ranks at the United academy. However, he is now too good for the academy. Due to his remarkable ability, the tenacious midfielder has been sent out on loan twice this season. While on loan, he has certainly not let United down.

Garner showcasing his arial dominance vs Sheffield Wednesday (Watford FC youtube channel).

Garner’s good form for the academy eventually warranted the first loan move to EFL Championship team – Watford. The decision to loan the player out was made with the intention of providing him with experience. Garner started the loan move with high expectations from United fans and definitely exceeded them.

(Watford FC Youtube channel).

Despite playing for a talented Watford team, Garner gained 24 appearances. He did well to break into Watford’s midfield over the established players like Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah. Manchester United’s plans for James Garner soon took him elsewhere. In the January transfer window, he left Watford and joined Nottingham Forest on loan.

He has completed a good spell at Watford where he has picked up some much-needed Championship experience and we’re confident he will be a valuable asset to us between now and the end of the season

Chris Hughton (Manager of Nottingham Forrest)

The mid-season switch to Nottingham Forest will be extremely invaluable to Garner. The move will only make him more adaptable. The two loan periods will show that the benefits of loaning players to the Championship are endless. It’s no secret that the Championship is physically and mentally demanding. It is also no secret that United could do with a physically and mentally strong player.

Garner in United’s under 23’s team (Watford FC Youtube channel).

The prospect of Garner returning to United this summer and playing next season is promising. The defensive prowess and the composed ability on the ball can only produce quality. Garner’s attacking side of the game is also something that should be respected. For United’s academy, he produced a large amount of goals and assists. Despite playing as a defensive midfielder, he bagged 15 goals and 8 assists in the leagues – for the under 18’s and under 23’s.

Garner learning from Marcos Rojo (Watford FC Youtube channel).

Garner’s time at United has led to 7 appearances for the first team. Two of which were in the Premier League. This means that he has been surrounded and coached by the likes of : Micheal Carrick, Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. Hopefully the influence of Marcos Rojo can inspire the same fearless attitude that he used in games.

Garner captaining the England U17’s at the European Championships (Watford FC Youtube channel).

Despite playing for the first team on numerous occasions. His greatest achievements will no doubt be when he captained Manchester United youth teams and the England youth team. The sky is the limit for James Garner and he has everything he needs to reach the top. He even has the approval from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He knows we believe in him, we’ve got great faith in him as the next Michael Carrick

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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