I’ve hinted at this a couple of times in the last few weeks, but it seems the media have suddenly caught up and they’re all over it.
It’s with much reluctance that I think Gary Garner has to go in the summer.
Well, quite simply, I don’t think he’s shown enough for us.
The odd goal apart (and who can forget that one against our local rivals?), I don’t see what he adds to the top eleven.
He doesn’t offer enough in attack and I can’t see how he stiffens our defence either.
So basically, he’s at best, a squad player. Who, given that he’s recently been awarded a new 4 year plus contract, is probably expensive too.
Which leaves a bit of a dilemma, as you have to ask who might be able to afford/want to buy him?
I forget who made that decision, but it’s yet another shocker that I thought the Villa were getting away from.
Still, it’s done and we have another expensive player, for what he is, who isn’t going to get in above Bruce’s choices.
Actually, that’s not strictly true, as he has been given starts, which I suspect have been requested from higher authorities than the manager.
And he’s produced nothing whatsoever.
It’s not like he’s a kid anymore either.
He’s 24 and should be approaching his peak.
In which case, I’d suggest that Bruce would be well justified in saying he wants him replaced with better.
I’d even suggest Tshibola is a better bet, but I don’t choose.
It’s always difficult to say one of our own isn’t good enough and the club’s apparent seeming to want to prove that they can turn young players out is admirable.
But the fact is, we don’t.
And Gardner is yet another who doesn’t make the top level.
A loan back to Forest would seem favourite, at yet no doubt another loss, financially.