Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly one of the clubs monitoring Manchester United’s rising star James Garner.
According to Yorkshire Live, the Owls are interested in bringing the 19-year-old to Hillsborough but will have to battle with Championship rivals Swansea for his signature.
Garner has risen through Man United’s academy system and has made flashes of appearances with the senior squad this season. The midfielder has featured in four Europa League games for the Reds and made his Premier League debut against Norwich in October (via Transfermarkt).
The England youth international has also enjoyed his campaign with the U23s, scoring eight goals in ten appearances despite being predominantly a defensive midfielder.
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According to reports, United are looking to send Garner out on loan in order to gain experience before following in the footsteps of other starlets such as Mason Greenwood, who has already made waves with the senior squad.
“I am not really too fussed which team I play for as long as I am getting the minutes in,” the 19-year-old said in a recent interview. “I am just going to keep ticking along, stay fit, and when the chance does come, hopefully I can take it and I can show everyone what I can do.”
As it stands, Wednesday could be facing a mass exodus of 17 first team players. June will see 12 players out of contract and five return to their parent clubs following the end of their loan spells. The only reported talks of contract extensions have been with Steven Fletcher, Morgan Fox and Osaze Urhoghiden (via Yorkshire Live).
The Owls could be losing four of their midfield options this summer, and with Garry Monk looking to lower the average age of his squad, Garner could be a perfect fit.
The United prospect will be eager to be one of the first names on the team sheet, which means he would give every performance in Wednesday colours his maximum. He would also be the youngest midfielder by far, adding a vital injection of pace and youthful legs to the mix.
Garner’s keen eye for a goal from the middle of the park will also be a welcome trait at Hillsborough. This season, only 13 goals have been scored from Wednesday’s midfield, a total that Fletcher has equalled by himself (via Transfermarkt).
The young Red might just be what the Owls need to get themselves out of a rut and back on form. With a loan deal likely to be the only option, bringing Garner to Yorkshire won’t break the bank and will allow Monk to continue to look for other permanent signings to rebuild this Sheffield Wednesday team.
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