After a difficult spell at Watford, Manchester United loanee James Garner has made an instant impact at Nottingham Forest.
Since joining Forest in February, Garner has been one of the first names on Chris Hughton’s team-sheet and has already established himself a fan favourite at the City Ground.
We’ve rounded up what people have been saying about the talented midfielder during his loan spell at Forest.
“He is a player who you want to get on the ball; he is a good passer. He has a good frame on him and, as he gets older and more experienced, I think he will fill out more,” Hughton told The Athletic in February.
“He is good on the ball, he would be regarded as being a little bit more defensive, even though you would not have him as a physically defensive player. He is 6ft 1in, but his strength is on the ball.
“With the way we play and the way we use two wingers and have full-backs who generally get high and wide, to get a lot of crosses in, I am hoping he is going to be a good continuity-type player for us.
“He has a passing ability about him. One of the deciding factors about him was that he did spend the first half of the season at Watford and played games for them — he played against us for Watford, at the City Ground, just a few months ago.”
“I thought he was different class. He played some lovely little balls to switch the play,” Colback said after Garner’s debut against Coventry City.
“He’s come in at 19 and done that. He was saying during the game that it was his first game for a while, so he was blowing a bit by the end!
“He [Garner] was really good again today and he has a maturity for his age,” Hughton told Forest’s official website after Garner’s Man of the Match display against Brentford.
“It is a hard feat at that age and not only here but in the first half of the season at Watford when he played a lot of games.”
“At this moment it is great development for him and you can only play like you are and be in the team if you are good enough and at this moment we are delighted to have him.”