James Garner, on loan from Manchester United, inspired Nottingham Forest to a crucial win over West Bromwich Albion to give their promotion hopes a boost.
Garner, 21, was recently named by Bruno Fernandes as the Manchester United youngster he is most looking forward to playing with.
The young midfielder made a vital contribution as Forest beat West Brom 4-0 to cement their position in the play-offs and dash any faint hopes the Baggies had of reaching the top six.
Garner played a key role in Forest’s opening two goals in the win at the City Ground.
Garner Master Class
Garner won the penalty which led to Forest’s opener. His shot was stopped by the hand of West Brom player Darnell Furlong, who was sent off.
The Manchester United loanee then provided an assist from a corner, a trait he is getting quite adept at.
Garner’s corner was headed in by Ryan Yates to make it 2-0. Forest then made it three thanks to a marvelous goal from Jack Colback, before adding a fourth in stoppage time.
The assist was Garner’s 10th contribution since signing on loan for Forest. His tally for the season stands at four goals and six assists.
Garner was named by Sky Sports as the man of the match, having touched the ball 89 times, more than any midfielder on the pitch. He created two chances and made three interceptions, while completing 88% of his passes.
Five of those assists have come in the last 10 games, with the youngster returning to form at exactly the right time.
Forest are in fifth place in the Championship and look set to have a chance of promotion through the play-offs. If successful, expect them to make an effort to loan Garner to the Premier League next season.
It’ll be worth considering, but you could understand if new boss Erik ten Hag was also looking forward to working with the youngster.