Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest side must do all they can to ensure that James Garner remains at the club beyond this season.
That’s according to Forest midfielder Ryan Yates, who, in a recent interview with the Nottingham Post, heaped a considerable amount of praise on the Manchester United loanee, as well as urging his club to bring the defensive midfielder back to the City Ground this summer.
He said: “He’s a quality player. Teams are going to want him, of course, they are if you’re performing well at his age. He’s a Manchester United player, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if other teams want him.
“It’s completely down to him – what’s best for his development. He’ll eventually want to play consistently in the Premier League one day. Of course, we’d love to keep him. We want quality players in every position, especially if we’re fighting at the right end of the table next year – if he came back, that would only benefit us.”
While Forest fans have endured a season that they would probably rather forget, one bright spark of the club’s campaign has been the performances of Garner.
Since arriving on loan from Manchester United back in January, the 20-year-old has highly impressed over his 19 Championship appearances for Hughton’s side, with the midfielder scoring three goals, in addition to making an average of 1.6 interceptions, 1.9 tackles and one key pass per game, culminating in an average WhoScored match rating of 6.93 – ranking him as the club’s best performer in the second tier.
As such, it is no wonder why Yates appears desperate for the club to bring the £3.6 million-rated youngster back to the City Ground this summer, as he has proven in a relatively short space of time that he can be a huge part of Forest’s potential push for a play-off spot next season.
And, with the likes of Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Fred and Scott McTominay currently ahead of Garner in the ranks at United, it would seem a likely scenario that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could indeed look to loan the England U20 international out once again next season.
So, it would be highly advisable for Evangelos Marinakis to listen to the advice of Yates, and to do everything he can to secure another season of Garner playing his football for Forest, rather than another Championship club snapping up his services up in the summer transfer window.