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Swansea City An Ideal Fit For James Garner

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 BrewsterMarc 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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James Garner Loan Move Next Season Move Is ‘Inevitable’

A loan move for James Garner next season has been described as ‘inevitable’ by the Manchester Evening News.

The 19-year-old is regarded in being one of Manchester United’s most promising talents, featuring in eight first-team games this season. Three of these have been starts in the Europa League, where Garner has showcased his ability to perform at senior level.

Operating as one of the two holding midfielders, the Englishman’s duties have relayed with the recycling of the ball, distributing from deep. In the ‘Michael Carrick’ role, Garner has maintained a pass success rate of 90% in the competition, highlighting his effectiveness in possession.

Many fans have called for the teenager to be granted more minutes in the Premier League, but there has been limited room for rotation. The arrival and instant success of Bruno Fernandes has left just two available slots in the midfield three, with the senior figures of Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic battling it for such.

As per the MEN, United are now ‘re-plotting’ the pathway for Garner to get into the starting XI, labelling a potential loan move next season as ‘inevitable’.

This certainly looks the best case for Garner, who has little need for another campaign with the U23s. He has registered eight goals in ten games at this level this season, with it being clear to all that he is ready to now test himself elsewhere.


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Would a Loan Move Benefit James Garner?


The current crop of Manchester United youth that are breaking through into the first-team picture are some of the most promising talents that the club have seen in years.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils are turning to their academy prospects to help beef out the squad and create a core of young, hungry players to build around.

One player that continuously receives praise is James Garner, with the midfielder looking destined to have a bright future at Old Trafford.

No space at present?

Despite impressing during the club’s pre-season tour last summer, Garner has only featured in eight minutes of United’s 19/20 Premier League campaign. He has been awarded three starts in the Europa League, but it’s clear that Solskjaer is opting to pragmatically ease the midfielder into the first-team squad.

His cameos have come as a deep-laying playmaker, sitting back with the duties of recycling the ball, predominately against ‘lesser’ quality opponents. The 19-year-old looks assured on the ball, but this role on the field is not easy for any upcoming talent to suddenly break into.

Nemanja Matic has recently come back into form, whilst Fred and Scott McTominay are two of the most trusted members of the manager’s squad. United’s options in the middle of the park are not too short of options, with there being enough depth to warrant not prematurely throwing Garner into the starting XI.

With Bruno Fernandes nailing down a starting spot and the likes of Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata also lingering around the picture, there doesn’t seem to be a clear opening for Garner to capitalise on, just yet.

Brandon Williams has managed to nail down a permanent spot in next season’s plans, but he finds himself in a position with very little competition. It won’t be as straightforward for Garner, due to such options around the middle of the park, so a loan move could benefit his career.

Ready for a loan experience

For those who frequently keep up to date with the Manchester United U23’s, you won’t need to be reminded of the Englishman’s progression this season. Simply put, Garner looks a level above his competitors on the field.

With eight goals in ten games, the 19-year-old has started to showcase his abilities as a box to box midfielder, bursting forward and being the driving force behind his side’s attacking plan. Alongside these traits, he continues to distribute from deep, spraying the ball down the flanks to the likes of Aliou Traoré and Tahith Chong.

If United aren’t able to offer substantial minutes in their own first-team, opting to loan the teenager out seems the most practical decision, as opposed to another year in the Professional Development League.

Whether this be abroad or domestically, Garner has the potential to flourish in another organised set-up. Exposing him to a higher level would be the next step in his journey, as it’s one that he looks destined to grab with both hands.