According to the Mirror, Manchester United are considering sending James Garner abroad next season.
The 20-year-old has been in fine form since joining Nottingham Forest on loan, scoring four goals in 20 appearances and bossing games from a holding role.
They are the kind of performances that have seen Garner compared to United legend Michael Carrick. And clubs are likely to be queuing up if the midfielder is available again next season.
Foreign teams may be keen on signing Garner for a season. But United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be wise keeping the youngster close to home.
That does not necessarily mean a return to Old Trafford. The midfielder is too good to be playing U23 football and he deserves to make the match-day squad more often than not.
Much will depend on the future of Nemanja Matic and United’s summer signings. But, if Garner doesn’t get a chance at Old Trafford until 2022, it would be wise to keep him in England regardless.
Another campaign at Forest would be no bad thing. Garner knows the team, is growing in confidence and influence by the week, and would not need to settle in all over again.
If he does move elsewhere, there will be Premier League clubs with a place for such a talent, while the settling in period should be relatively short.
He may not play quite as much, however a top-flight move would give him the experience of a league he will be hoping to star in for the next decade.
But a loan move abroad? United should look at Tahith Chong’s and Dylan Levitt’s struggles and opt to keep Garner in England.
Almost first-team ready
English football is what Garner will want to play regularly. And there are plenty of clubs that would jump at the chance to bring him in.
Chong has struggled on loan in both Germany and Belgium, while Levitt has been in and out of the side in Croatia.
The latter has helped NK Istra to a cup final. But, when things are not going well, he is a long way from home.
Just two league starts in 13 matches is not what Levitt would have been hoping for.
It is a brave move heading abroad. And there is no guarantee an English loan will go well, as Garner discovered himself in the first half of this season. But he doesn’t need to prove himself elsewhere now.
He should continue to develop in English football, with a place at United tantalizingly close.