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‘A player of undoubted quality’ – Nottingham Forest transfer agreement with Manchester United assessed: The Verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Manchester United midfielder James Garner on loan until the end of the season.

Garner spent the first-half of the campaign on loan with Forest’s Championship rivals Watford, making a total of 21 appearances in all competitions for the Hornets.

But after that loan was terminated earlier in the week, it has now been confirmed that Garner – who has previously made seven first-team appearances for United – will spend the remainder of the campaign at The City Ground.

So is this a good signing for Forest? And will Garner play regularly under Chris Hughton over the coming months?

We put that question to some of our Football League World writers, and here, is a look at what they had to say.

George Dagless

James Garner is a decent player but I do wonder how much he is going to feature.

This isn’t a slight against him, I just look at the Forest squad and wonder whether they overly need him.
Obviously, Chris Hughton must feel he wants another midfielder and perhaps Garner will show he’s better than what he has but it does add to a squad that is already deep.
He’s good at the deeper end of the midfield and perhaps Hughton just thinks it’ll add some extra balance in getting him in – let’s see.
Phil Spencer
This is a great signing for Nottingham Forest.
James Garner is a player of undoubted quality and looks more than comfortable playing at this level.
While his time at Watford didn’t exactly work out as planned there’s no doubt that he’ll be a big hit for Forest.
Chris Hughton is looking for added quality in the middle of the park and I’m square that the 19-year-old will be a big success.
George Harbey
At the moment, I’d say he is for sure.
Forest currently lack a lot of depth in midfield, with Jack Colback, Ryan Yates, Harry Arter all out injured.
Samba Sow picked up an injury at the weekend too, and it remains to be seen how long the 31-year-old is out for.
Garner has had a taste of the Championship this season, and I think he’s a player who can add a lot to Forest’s midfield.
He’s good on the ball, he’s a good passer and I think he’d be excellent alongside someone like Yates when the latter is back to full fitness.
He will be eager to prove a point after having his time at Watford cut short.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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