Reporter Graeme Bailey has said on the Talking Transfers podcast that James Garner may make a breakthrough at Manchester United next season.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest and enjoyed a successful play-off campaign at the City Ground, scoring four goals and providing eight assists in the Championship.
Taking to Twitter, journalist Jacque Talbot has claimed that Garner will again spend next season on loan in the east Midlands, while The Athletic has credited Leeds United, Everton, Southampton and Leicester City with an interest in the midfielder.
However, Bailey is of the impression that the youngster will earn a shot at proving himself under Erik ten Hag in the upcoming campaign ahead of some of the other midfield options.
Does James Garner deserve a chance at United?
He said: “James Garner’s coming back as well – he might get a chance, you know, ahead of [Scott McTominay and Fred]. It wouldn’t surprise me if he did get in ahead of them.
“He had a very good season at Forest, he’s very dynamic and United fans love a homegrown product, so seeing him coming fresh off promotion, I wouldn’t rule him out getting a bit of game time.”
TIF Thoughts on Garner staying at United…
While it remains to be seen whether the England U21 international has a future at Old Trafford or not, the Dutch coach could certainly do much worse than afford Garner an opportunity to show his worth.
Martin Keown has previously waxed lyrical about the midfield ace, who has already played seven times for United, with Keown suggesting that the club “should be thinking about getting him back there quickly” after his scintillating display in Forest’s thumping win over Leicester City in the FA Cup last season. Perhaps he can gain the plaudits of his manager during pre-season, at which point, his future should become a lot clearer.