Manchester United loanee James Garner shines for Forest yet again
Manchester United loanee James Garner continued his impressive form with yet another eye-catching display against Barnsley.
The 20-year-old was starting his 10th Championship game in a row under Steve Cooper as Nottingham Forest beat the league’s bottom side 3-0 at the City Ground.
Forest are only one point outside the play-off places with 18 league games left. The former Swansea City manager will no doubt be targeting a place in the top six at the very least, but they are only nine points off the automatic promotion spots.
It’s a far cry from when they started the season in freefall under Chris Hughton.
With an FA Cup fourth round clash against Leicester City looming after shocking Arsenal in the previous round, Garner’s importance and influence at Forest looks to be growing.
After getting rave reviews for his performance against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County, the England under-21 international backed it up with another positive night’s work.
Local newspaper Nottingham Post awarded Garner a 7.5/10 rating for his display against the Tykes.
The report read: “Some lovely passes in the first half especially as the Reds controlled the game. Took a whack just before the break which seemed to take a bit out of him.”
He made six key passes which was more than any other player on the pitch, according to WhoScored.
Constantly carrying a threat whilst in possession, Forest’s number 37 was the most fouled player on the pitch (4).
The United academy graduate should have had an assist to his name after squaring the ball to Xande Silva, but with an open goal at his mercy, the Portuguese man somehow put his effort over the bar.
Alongside his 50 touches, Garner made two tackles and four interceptions.
James Garner is flourishing at Nottingham Forest and as tempting as it might be for Ralf Rangnick to recall him, especially if the likes of Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard do leave in the coming days, the youngster’s development will be better served by playing regular first team football, and that’s exactly what he’s getting.
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