According to 90min, Nottingham Forest are planning to keep as much of their squad together ahead of next season, and are keen to keep James Garner at the club when they join the Premier League.
As per the report, Forest are already aware they won’t be able to keep the Manchester United loanee on a permanent deal but it is confirmed that the newly-promoted side would be given the opportunity ahead of anyone else if Erik ten Hag agrees to let the youngster go back on loan next season.
Garner has been a key player for his team this season in the Championship and has been proving himself to be an impressive player that Manchester United will surely be keen to further develop, so supporters will be excited at the prospect that he could return for Forest in the Premier League.
The midfielder has been a reliable force in the centre of the pitch scoring four goals, delivering eight assists and creating seven big chances, making two key passes, 1.4 interceptions and 1.8 tackles on average per game, winning the majority of his duels combined (53%) and proving successful in the majority of his dribble attempts (58%).
This output is clearly something Steve Cooper wants to emulate in the Premier League next season by securing a loan deal again for Garner and deploying him in the team could be massively effective in their pursuit to maintain their status in the league going forward.
However, it is clear the better the 21-year-old gets the more likely Man United will want to let go of the player in the long term, so for Forest, the player is only a short term solution in midfield and the club needs to be aware that they could risk leaving a hole that will be hard to fill if he is called back to Old Trafford.
With that being said, in their first season back in the Premier League securing another season-long loan deal for Garner would be a massive coup for Forest and he would surely continue to thrive in the team and will definitely benefit from gaining the experience of playing first-team football in the top flight.