James Garner has outlined his best position as a player, while speaking to the club’s official website.
Not too long ago, we were talking up James Garner as the next-big thing. The young Englishman was on the fringes of the first-team back in 2019, though to this day, he’s still only made a handful of appearances for the senior side.
Sure, Garner is still young enough to make his mark, though I guess he’s just a slower developer than say, Mason Greenwood. And that’s okay. Currently, Garner is enjoying a pretty successful loan spell with Nottingham Forest, as he looks to take his game to that next level.
The regular football is no doubt doing the 20-year-old the world of good and he’ll come back to the Theatre of Dreams a miles better player.
While speaking to the United website, the United starlet would outline what he thinks is his best position; defensive midfield. Fortunately for Garner, that’s a position they’re desperate for reinforcements in and Garner could help fill that key hole.
When asked about operating as a defensive-midfielder while on loan, Garner responded to ManUtd.com:
“Yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing and what I like to do. I think I’m very comfortable in that position. I think everyone would say it’s probably my preferred position.”
“I like to see everything in front of me – runs and players popping into pockets, things like that. I like to be on the ball as much as I can and be the one who makes the passes and who makes the goals. It’s something I am really enjoying, sitting there and dictating the play. It’s good.”
Nemanja Matic is ageing and he’s half the player he once was. Fortunately, United have Scott McTominay, who is playing some brilliant football at the moment. But he’s not an out-and-out defensive midfielder, rather he likes to roam free in a more box-to-box role.
With money still being tight due to the global pandemic, why not see what Garner has in that defensive-minded midfield role? He’s certainly good enough to be a squad player at the very least, while giving Matic’s minutes to the young Englishman could be a very shrewd move by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Now I know it’s a lot of faith to place in someone so young but this is the perfect opportunity to see whether Garner has what it takes to make it at the highest level. Surely that’s the next logical step following a season out on loan…?
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