James Garner will be heading out on loan next season, with the midfielder attracting ‘substantial’ interest from a host of Championship clubs, as per the Manchester Evening News.
This report coincides with The Sun, who have specifically named Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City in being two teams willing to take on the 19-year-old. On paper, the latter looks a perfect fit for the Manchester United youngster.
The decision to loan Garner out has been welcomed by fans, with the midfielder clearly looking ready to test himself in a senior first-team picture, over the course of a whole season. He has registered eight goals in ten games for the U23’s this campaign, often standing out as the best player on the park.
Garner is a cultured midfielder, most comfortable with the ball at his feet, although his attacking movement out of possession has significantly improved over the past twelve months. He has featured four times for United in the Europa League this season, maintaining a 90% pass completion rate, plus an average of 2.3 long balls per game.
Operating deep from the midfield, United will no doubt be looking for a club that can accommodate for Garner’s style of play. As alluded to prior, the Liberty Stadium look the ideal setting for the Englishman to flourish.
Many Premier League readers will best associate Swansea with their 2010 side under Brendan Rodgers, with the Welsh team gaining praise for their possession-based system. The iconic stat of Leon Britton’s 93.3% pass success rate was the best in all of Europe and the manager even brought fellow midfielder Joe Allen to Liverpool with him, labelling him the ‘Welsh Xavi’.
Needless to say, the club boasted pride in their ability to keep hold of the ball. It’s a tradition that has seemingly lived on too, with young manager Steve Cooper implanting his modern ways into the side this season. At just 40-years-of-age, he is one the younger coaches of the division, after spending just under five years with the England youth set-up.
He spent one season with the England U16’s, before spending four years as U17 manager. His time with the latter was no doubt successful, as he became the first ever man to lead them to World Cup success (2017). Garner himself featured for Cooper nine times during his managerial tenure, captaining the side to the UEFA semi-finals back in 2018.
The two already share an existing relationship, making the potential transitioning between teams a rather easy one to conclude for the player. We have already seen Cooper bring the likes of Rhian Brewster, Marc Guehi, and Conor Gallagher into the Swansea setup – players he managed during his England days. The coach certainly thrives with young talents, with fellow top clubs trusting him with the responsibility in nurturing and developing their most promising players.
Alongside such youngsters, Garner would also be surrounded by midfielders like Tom Carrol and Bersant Celina, players that have once been in a similar situation to himself, having come through the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City respectively. Fellow Englishmen and starting midfielders George Byers and Jay Fulton would also no doubt offer an arm around the shoulder.
The Championship would provide a good level of football for Garner to gain experience in, and perhaps ‘roughen’ up the lean physique midfielder. Swansea have averaged 51.6% of the ball this season in the league, making them an ideal fit for the midfielder, who will want to showcase his distributing abilities week in, week out.
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