Manchester United fans, myself included, have been desperate to see a James Garner loan move sanctioned by the Red Devils. Finally, that looks to be happening.
Back in Mach, we wrote an opinion piece claiming that United had a big decision to make in regards to Garner’s future. We’re talking about a quality young footballer who has outgrown PL2 football. It has been time for the Englishman to make the step up for quite a while now.
Well, we’ve finally been given some news on that front. It comes from the Manchester Evening News’ Dominic Booth, who tweeted the news earlier today.
Apparently, United want a Championship loan move for the talented 19-year-old next season, with two clubs keen; Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday. Contrary to reports, Cardiff City aren’t interested. In a follow-up article, it’s being claimed that one or two games a week at Championship level is the best thing for his career progression.
The time is now
I love Jimmy Garner. I actually think he’s ready to be a first-team squad player at United right now. However, he wouldn’t be starting game-in-game-out.
At this stage, it’s probably better for his development to move to a club who can guarantee him starts with regularity. On top of that, the combative Championship would give Garner a real test of physical football played at break-neck speed.
Personally, I hope Garner ends up at Swansea if they don’t get relegated this term. They’re a side competing at the business-end of the Championship and that big-game experience could prove vital.
Let’s be honest, he needs challenging again as Garner can coast through games at U23 level. Next season, we need to see more of him in competitive fixtures.
Hopefully, a deal can get sorted out sooner rather than later and this young man begins to show just how capable he is…