Brandon Williams tells James Garner to 'come home' to Manchester United
James Garner achieved what he set out to do after helping Nottingham Forest to win promotion to the Premier League.
The Manchester United loanee delivered the pass at Wembley which led to Forest’s play-off final winner,
A decision now awaits whether Garner will be part of Manchester United’s squad next season, or if he will be loaned out to Forest in the top flight.
Expect Forest to ask the question, which new manager Erik ten Hag will be tasked with answering.
Williams tells James Garner to ‘come home’
Garner celebrated by sharing a picture on Instagram with his play-off winners’ medal, and was deluged with congratulations.
United academy teammates Dishon Bernard, Teden Mengi and Ethan Galbraith were among those to congratulate Garner on his achievement.
Teammate and pal Brandon Williams took issue with Garner’s ‘Premier League’ comment, pointing out he would have been in the top flight next season, regardless of whether Forest won or lost.
Williams is right, but Garner knows he has given himself an extra chance of playing Premier League football, as a potential loan to Forest will surely present itself.
Now though, he can really say he feels he has earned the right to be a top flight player, after spending 18 months on loan in the Championship and winning promotion in his first full season at Forest.
There is interest building in Garner, with The Athletic reporting he is on Southampton’s radar. They are reportedly waiting to see what plans Erik ten Hag has in store.
If Ten Hag feels an extra year on loan in the Premier League will benefit Garner, there will be a scramble for his signature.
Right now it feels like Manchester United could use him. The midfield is not good enough, and will also be light in numbers after Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic depart on free transfers.
With United’s midfield a blank slate for Ten Hag, Garner may never get a better chance. The new manager will look to bring his own players in too, in the transfer market, but don’t rule out the prospect of the youngster becoming an integral role under the Dutchman.