Man Utd loanee James Garner continued to enhance his reputation with a brilliant performance in Nottingham Forest’s 5-1 win over Swansea City.
Garner, who came through United’s academy, joined Forest on loan in January 2021 in search of regular first-team football after a difficult spell at Watford.
The midfielder returned to the City Ground for the 2021-22 season and has been one of their standout performers, helping Forest climb up the Championship table.
“I knew him from his England Under-17 days, where he was captain, so we had a relationship before here,” Forest boss Steve Cooper told The Athletic in March.
“He has been excellent. Over recent months he has been a high-performing player in the team. He has been a constant selection for us.
“The loan is proving to be a really beneficial one. It is important now that he stays at the same level for the run-in. He needs to get to the end of the season and be able to say that he is a better player than he was before he came here. That is always the objective of a loan.
“We are very happy with him. We work very hard with him and he works very hard himself.”
The 21-year-old has taken his game up another level during the run-in and registered five direct goal contributions in April, including two assists in the 5-1 win over Swansea City.
Garner’s corner was headed home by Sm Surridge in the 48th minute, and he then drove forward to set up Surridge’s second goal of the game moments later.
We’ve rounded up a number of tweets from Forest fans that were impressed by his display.
• 2 assists
• 95% pass accuracy
• 8 key passes
• 7 access. crosses
• 100% long ball accuracy
• 100% dribble success
• 1 shot on target
• 7/8 ground duels won
• 4 tackles
— Callum Castel-Nuovo (@callumcasteln) April 30, 2022
Jimmy Garner is quite honestly the best midfielder I have ever seen in a forest shit and it’s not even close, joke of a player #nffc
— Jacob Lawrence (@JacobLawrence66) April 30, 2022
Surridge will get the plaudits for the hat trick but Jimmy Garner is on another level. If this is the last time I see him Live in a red shirt it’s been a pleasure and I can’t think of many more that have been as good in 30 years #nffc
— Phil (@fratzroy) April 30, 2022
Jimmy Garner is fucking magic btw #nffc
— Charlie Taphouse (@C_Taphouse17) April 30, 2022
That ball in from Garner and the finish from Surridge was utter filth. #nffc
— D (@mrscamwellallen) April 30, 2022
James garner is some footballer 👏🏻👏🏻
— Fleet 😎 (@FleetNFFC) April 30, 2022
— AJ (@aaronhorsley16) April 30, 2022
james garner will forever be in my heart
— Will (@wiIIbanks) April 30, 2022
Garner very skilfully created a little bit of extra space for Surridge for his 3rd. Just at the last second before the pass he moved to his right. It brought the defender inside a yard. He then slips it to his left, and the defender cannot recover. Class. #NFFC
— Tim Beasley (@TimBeasley101) May 1, 2022
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