Aston Villa enter race for transfer of Manchester United youngster James Garner
Manchester United academy product James Garner has been attracting interest from various clubs in the Premier League. Aston Villa are the latest club being linked with the 21-year-old’s signature, according to The Sun (h/t Manchester Evening News).
Garner has amassed a lot of interest from potential suitors. United have placed the 21-year-old on the transfer list. Erik ten Hag doesn’t see him in his plans at the Manchester-based club.
As a result, teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Southampton, Everton and Nottingham Forest are vying for the England U21 international’s signature. Villa have also entered the race for Garner.
The Saints are leading the race for the versatile midfielder. However, Forest are a side Garner had a fruitful spell on loan with, helping the Tricky Trees get promoted to the Premier League.
United fans have been amused by the club’s decision to sell the 21-year-old. The Red Devils seemingly lack quality in the middle of the park. Supporters wouldn’t mind seeing Garner get minutes on the pitch.
At Forest, the England U21 international spent a season-and-a-half on loan. He became an essential player for the City Ground side, immediately making it to the XI.
For Steve Cooper last season, Garner played various roles, predominantly as a number six. The 21-year-old was also deployed in the centre of midfield as well as the number 10 position.
Fred and Scott McTominay haven’t convinced fans with their displays over the years. The duo have come in for a lot of criticism. From a United supporter’s point of view, giving Garner an opportunity makes sense.
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However, with Ten Hag deeming him surplus to requirements, it’s best that the 21-year-old furthers his development elsewhere. Garner has a lot of potential. Hopefully, he will mature into a great player and make it back to Old Trafford one day.