James Garner left Manchester United after a much-anticipated summer transfer window. Erik Ten Hag was open to giving Garner squad opportunities but the player admitted to needing more game time.
Garner on United Exit:
Garner impressed at his last 2 loans at Nottingham Forrest and expected to become a mainstay at Manchester United. However, with United’s intense competition in midfield, Garner had no option, but to leave to continue his growth.
Garner has told The Times on a big career call: “In the moment it is very disappointing. That was the club that I trained with five times a week for years and years and years, that I made my debut with. But I didn’t want to stagnate. I didn’t want to stay there really and when they said I could leave also, I was in agreement with that. I just think it all made sense. I had two good seasons on loan and returned to United in the summer.”
“I know in myself I wouldn’t have played if I had stayed. I knew it was the perfect time now, at 21, to move on and try and stake my claim somewhere else and hopefully find a home, which I have now in Everton. Where I am at in my career now, I didn’t just want to be an extra body or I didn’t want to just be a spare player in training.”
“Last season, I was one of the main players in Forest’s team and that is what I want to be. I don’t want to be just another player who is there for numbers in training. I want to be a main part of the team whether that is a starter or coming off the bench.”
Garner now plays under midfield legend Frank Lampard at Everton, with yet to start for the club in the Premier League.