By Saikat Mandal

8th Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Everton midfielder James Garner shares why he left Manchester United

James Garner has suggested that he left Manchester United to join Everton in the summer transfer window because he didn’t want to stagnate.

The 21-year-old joined the Toffees in the summer for a fee of around £15m, as per Sky Sports, but he is yet to make a Premier League start under Frank Lampard.

The youngster has admitted that it was “disappointing” for him to leave Old Trafford, but, he feels it was the right choice made by him.

“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,” said Garner in an interview with The Times.

“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.

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“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.”

Right option

During the summer, a host of clubs showed interest in signing Garner, but Everton finally secured a deal for him. 

He is yet to establish himself as a regular at Goodison Park but has already shown some glimpses of his vast potential. 

He spent the last two years out on loan in the Championship, with Watford and Nottingham Forest. It was with Forest, that he made a real impact. 

United could not assure him regular game time, and the youngster felt it was time for him to move elsewhere. 

Garner nearly scored on his Premier League debut against Manchester United when he had a late effort saved by David de Gea. 

Frank Lampard loves to work with young talents, and Garner will get more chances going forward. He needs to be patient and wait for his chances. 

The youngster could make his first start for the club against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup clash, as per the Liverpool Echo as Lampard is likely to make a raft of changes to the side. 

In other Everton news, Lewis Dobbin has struggled to hit the sort of form which was expected of him.