James Garner has a real chance for Manchester United in pre-season to secure a place in the first team squad.
Garner made his debut last season away at Crystal Palace, but didn’t appear since.
Subsequent links to Sean Longstaff have looked like bad news for Garner.
The two players are both similar in style, with Garner three years younger at 18.
The big difference is Garner is already at United, and Sky Sports report Newcastle want £50 million for Longstaff.
United won’t pay that much, but even at £25 million, he would be a sizeable investment considering he has played just nine Premier League matches.
Garner has an opportunity to show he is ready now, and that United don’t need to spend the money.
Perhaps United’s sluggish pursuit of Longstaff is because the coaching staff want to see what they have in Garner more closely.
That might make sense, and the promising teenager has a fantastic chance over the next fortnight.
With Fred also missing the start of the tour, spots in midfield are up for grabs.
The next two weeks could shape Garner’s season, and United’s transfer decisions.
He has the chance to make the prospect of spending millions on Longstaff seem laughable.
With no disrespect to the Newcastle midfielder, it would be far better if our own young talent can step up and show he is ready.