Having suffered four defeats in their opening four fixtures of the Championship season, it is evident that Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest require a number of further additions in the summer transfer market if the Reds are to have any hope of mounting a successful campaign this year.
However, the recent re-signing of Manchester United midfielder James Garner on a season-long loan would certainly appear to be a step in the right direction for the Garibaldi. After scoring four goals and averaging two tackles, 1.7 interceptions and 1.2 clearances per game, the 20-year-old ranked as Forest’s best performer in the league last term.
With a Carabao Cup fixture against Wolves tonight, a game which is unlikely to be a priority for Hughton this season, especially considering his side’s current league form, the 62-year-old has been presented with a perfect opportunity to blood the man who Fred dubbed an “incredible” player back into his side.
As such, it would seem probable that Garner is lacking a considerable amount of match fitness, something which tonight’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers could help him to regain.
Furthermore, with the fixture being somewhat risk-free for the Garibaldi, it would not be damaging if the youngster didn’t perform to the best of his ability in the clash, with the building of his fitness being the primary goal of his potential appearance.
Considering the distinctly average performances of Jack Colback so far this season, with the 31-year-old averaging a SofaScore match rating of 6.67 over his three Championship appearances this month, it would appear wise for Hughton to do all he can to get the £16k-per-week Garner up to speed as quickly as possible, particularly as the Reds face their arch-rivals Derby County in the Championship this weekend.