‘My player of the season’: Forest fans praise James Garner after loan spell
While Manchester United‘s James Garner only spent a few months on loan at Nottingham Forest, he clearly made a huge impression on their fans.
Garner joined the Championship side in January 2021 and helped them avoid relegation, scoring four goals in 20 appearances.
The 20-year-old marked his final appearance of the loan spell with a sensational long-range strike in Forest’s 2-1 defeat to Preston.
“James knows what we think of him. And Manchester United know what we think of him,” Forest manager Chris Hughton said after the game. “That’s probably all I can say because he is a Manchester United player.
“James and Manchester United will have the say on what happens to him next season. All I can say is we’ve been absolutely delighted with him. He’s come in and made an impact. Four goals from a midfield player in less than half a season is a wonderful return.”
Garner is now set to return to Old Trafford but has already been linked with loan moves to Brighton, Norwich and Rangers ahead of 2021-22.
We’ve rounded up a number of tweets from Forest fans that were impressed by the midfielder.
He’s been a great addition this season, plays the game the right way & has a big future ahead of him. Take a bow James Garner, you’ve been one of very few who deserve one this season. Made a lot of friends in Nottingham, sad we never saw you play. 🔴⚪️💯🙌🏻 #nffc @jgarnerr96 pic.twitter.com/mASr94ifz6
— Get Behind The Lads (@BehindTheLads) May 8, 2021
If you see James Garner after final whistle, lock him in your car boot until August #nffc
— The Famous Club (@TheFamousCIub) May 8, 2021
The fact we won’t get to see James Garner play for #nffc in the flesh kills me.
— Isaac Bloomfield (@bloomytunes) May 8, 2021
Keeping Garner on loan for another season must be one of our priorities. The lad is different gravy. #nffc
— Willis Pacey (@WPacey_89) May 8, 2021
Well glad the season is over coz we are awful
No way we get garner back, best & hardest working player again today. He will be in the premier league next year
I recon CH will have 10 games to show a big improvement or it’s the bullet #nffc
— Djs (@Dan78notts) May 8, 2021
Need to get garner back next season,his numbers with us for a full season would be decent and what he contributes to us #nffc
— Kieran (@KieranParker29_) May 8, 2021
— Jake spencer (@jakespencer1414) May 8, 2021
— Paul Kerry (@Kezza391971) May 8, 2021
— Adam holt (@Adamholtt99) May 8, 2021
Happy for garner to go back to mufc as long as he’s a regular starter for ole, but just to sit on the bench would be a waste of talent #nffc
— nffc1969 (@nffc1969) May 8, 2021
James garner again is there anything that boy can’t do #nffc
— keegy (@MarcusLongdon) May 8, 2021
what a hit garner⚽️👌probs no chance but if only we could get him back next season #nffc
— Adam Sliwinski (@sliwo1) May 8, 2021
Heaven and earth must be moved to try and get that to happen. Controversial, but he’s my player of the season – even tho he hasn’t been here all season!
— Matthew Draper (@fleagledraper) May 8, 2021
We aren’t keeping Garner he’s class #nffc great finish 🔴
— Simon Tebbutt (@TebbsTebbutt) May 8, 2021
— Holly (@LondonHolly1865) May 8, 2021
Garner you beauty. We need to absolutely everything to get this man back next season. Whatever it takes
NFFC 1-0 #NFFC
— Martin 🟠⚫️⚽️ (@MartinMcEwan6) May 8, 2021
First bit of summer business, sign Garner on loan again. What. A. Hit. Son. #nffc
— Mark Griffiths (@GriffsYakk) May 8, 2021
James Garner is pure class. What a strike. #NFFC
— Homer Olsen (@HomeDrizzy) May 8, 2021
James Garner pretty much the only redeeming feature of yet another season full of disappointment *sigh* 😗
— Inzy (@Inzy213) May 8, 2021