Manchester United starlet James Garner has been backed to step up if a move for Frenkie de Jong falls through.
The Red Devils have reached an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of De Jong but the midfielder is reluctant to make the move to Old Trafford.
“I’m 50/50 whether De Jong will end up being a Man United player,” ex-Premier League midfielder Darren Ambrose told talkSPORT.
“But Garner – I think he can make the step up.
“You look at when a manager comes into a football club, one of the first things they want to do is prove they can improve the players.
“He [Ten Hag] did that at Ajax. And I think he’ll be looking at a player like Garner and thinking, ‘I can prove that I can build a player into a Man United squad’.
“It’s happened before with young players at Man United. I think Garner is a fantastic player.
“I’m not comparing him to De Jong, but there’s potential that he could grow into that position and play a similar role.”