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Leeds eyeing up deal to sign James Garner

An update has emerged on Leeds United and their interest in Manchester United’s James Garner… 

What’s the talk?

According to The Sun, the Whites are keen on a deal to sign the central midfielder, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, at the end of the season.

The report claims that the Yorkshire-based outfit want to add to their midfield options in the summer and believe that Garner would be within their budget, whilst fellow Premier League side Southampton are also interested in his services.

Should Leeds sign Garner?

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Yes

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Dream deal

Jesse Marsch can land an instant masterclass in his first transfer window at Elland Road by securing a deal to sign the Englishman ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

He has been in sensational form in the Championship for Forest and is showing signs that he is ready to make the step up to the top-flight. Garner has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.14 across 29 appearances in the competition, chipping in with three goals and three assists – making 1.8 key passes per match.

This shows that he has an attacking flair to his game as he has been able to regularly provide chances for his teammates from a midfield position. He would, therefore, be able to feed the likes of Raphinha and Patrick Bamford with killer balls in the final third next season.

The 20-year-old has made 3.1 tackles and interceptions per game whilst also winning 4.2 duels at a success rate of 54%. This shows that he can handle the physical demands of the Championship and excels at winning the ball back off the opposition by either tackling them in a direct duel or reading the game to make an interception and get his side back on the ball.

He was dubbed “different class” by Forest teammate Jack Colback and ex-Red Devils coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed that he is the “next Michael Carrick”.

At the age of 20, he is still in the infancy of his professional career and has many years ahead of him to grow and live up to that hype.

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Marsch could work with him over the course of a number of seasons to help him improve and fulfil his potential, which is another reason why this transfer would be a masterstroke by the American coach as he could have an impact in the short and long term.

This deal makes sense from a footballing and financial point of view as his value could increase if he is able to work with Marsch and kick on to bigger and better things. His statistics in the Championship suggest that he is ready for the step up and Leeds should offer it to him.

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