Wolves: Dave Azzopardi discusses Ryan Giles’ return to the club

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Wolves presenter Dave Azzopardi has given his thoughts on youngster Ryan Giles following his recent recall to the squad.

The club recently announced that Giles had returned from his spell at Cardiff City, during which, he made 21 appearances for the Bluebirds, chipping in with a rather impressive nine assists, which ranks joint-top when it comes to all players in the Championship this season, making use of his ability to play anywhere on the left side of the pitch.

Following his return being announced, Wolves technical director Scott Sellars noted that there were a few reasons why the decision to recall him was made, noting: “Gilo has been doing great out on loan. He’s been playing in numerous positions, on both wings and wing-back, and has done very well. Now, with [illness], injuries and international call-ups, players are dropping out, and he’ll be added to the squad.”

And speaking on a recent edition of Talking Wolves, Azzopardi discussed what Giles’ recall could mean and what his role in the side may be, noting that his flexibility can offer up different options, but at the same time, it didn’t seem totally clear how he would fit in:

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“Be quite intriguing to see what the plans are for him and for Bruno Lage, because obviously we’ve got Rayan Ait-Nouri, we’ve got Marcal at left wing-back – is Marcal going to be used as a centre-back; are we going to see Ryan Giles play further forward as a winger?

“I’m not so sure. So I am quite intrigued to see how the move for Ryan Giles pans out.”

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Azzopardi is right here, because whilst Giles can offer up a solution in the short term with Ait-Nouri and Jonny Otto injured, what he is set to do for them in the long run between now and the end of the season is a different matter.

His flexibility at least makes it easier for him, because that means that Giles isn’t going to be relying on just one set of players ahead of him to be injured before he gets his chance as his opportunity can come elsewhere, such as in a more attacking role on the wing.

The important thing is to make sure he gets enough games, because if he doesn’t get a consistent run of minutes between now and the end of the season, then they may as well have kept him out on loan with a side where he was flourishing.

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