James Garner has 'frightening' technical ability says Everton teammate
Everton forward Anthony Gordon believes James Garner‘s technical ability is “frightening”.
The former Manchester United midfielder joined the Toffees on the last day of the summer transfer window.
Erik ten Hag sanctioned the England Under-21 international’s departure and the blue half of Merseyside paid an initial £9 million to sign the United academy graduate.
The sale fee could rise to £15.5 million with add-ons, with United also receiving 20 per cent of a future sale.
Despite impressing during a season-long loan with Nottingham Forest and helping Steve Cooper’s side earn promotion back up to the big time, Ten Hag was happy to let the 21-year-old depart and embark on his next challenge.
Anthony Gordon raves about James Garner
The ball-playing midfielder struggled with niggly injuries during United’s pre-season tour and that hampered his availability.
Before Ten Hag and United splashed a record outlay during a summer transfer window, Garner may have fancied his chances of establishing himself as a regular under the Dutchman with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic departing as free agents.
But the former Ajax man brought in world-class and experienced duo Christian Eriksen and Casemiro which pushed Garner considerably further down the pecking order.
Garner is yet to make his debut for Everton, but he did get some minutes during the international break with the Young Lions.
Gordon, who started alongside Garner in England Under-21s 3-1 win against Germany on Tuesday, has lauded the technical qualities his club and international teammate possesses.
When asked by The Athletic for his thoughts on Garner, Gordon said: “His technical ability is frightening. Our midfield is a nightmare to play against, a lot of running and tackling. He can bring different attributes.”
In his pre-match press conference ahead of Everton’s clash against Southampton at the weekend, Toffees boss Frank Lampard says he’s been “really impressed” by Garner in training and as a person.
The former Derby County and Chelsea manager also said that Garner was ready to make his debut.
Garner could feature against his former club when the Red Devils travel to Goodison Park a week on Sunday (9 October).