Cardiff City have announced the signing of Ryan Giles on a season-long loan move from Wolves.
The wide player comes in to provide competition for Joel Bagan at wing back, however his versatility could see him deployed further up the pitch.
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Having enjoyed his first full season on loan in the Championship last term, this year could really be a breakthrough campaign for the 21-year-old.
To gain a greater insight, we spoke with Sky Blues reporter ANDY TURNER, who has seen Giles on two separate loan stints with the Midlands club.
Q. What sort of player can Cardiff fans expect?
Giles is an attacking full-back/wing-back with terrific pace and who likes to attack. He is pretty versatile and even played further up the pitch on the right on the odd occasion as an attacking midfielder.
He’s a pretty good character and decent team player who can really help move the ball up the pitch.
Q. What are his strengths and what are his weaknesses?
His pace is his standout quality that can take him past opponents and ability to hit impressive crosses while on the run.
He probably needs to work the defensive side to his game a bit more as well as his consistency. He blew a bit hot and cold for the Sky Blues. A typical confidence player, on his day he is a real attacking threat and outlet down the left flank but on other occasions he can lack the confidence to take people on and opt to turn and play the ball backwards.
Q. I notice he played left wing-back a few times at Coventry, how did he fare? It is likely where he will play at Cardiff.
He was brought in on a season-long loan to compete at left wing-back with Sam McCallum and the pair did that for the first half of the season, albeit McCallum the more regular starter in the left wing-back position.
Q. What will he have to improve on if he is to kick on and show Wolves he has got what it takes to feature for them?
His defending and consistency.
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Q. Is there anything else notable about Giles which happened during his two stints at Coventry that Cardiff fans should know about?
Interestingly, he was initially drafted in on a half season loan spell in January 2020 in League One, having spent the first half of the campaign at Shrewsbury Town, during which time he set up the winning goal for the Shrews in a 2-1 Coventry defeat.
But while a regular on the bench following his move to the Sky Blues, he was handed just a minute of game time when he went on as a late sub for McCallum in a 1-1 draw with Rotherham, whom he joined on loan a year later in the 2021 January window, having returned to Coventry last summer on what was supposed to be a season-long stay.
The move to Rotherham came about after he was left out of City’s matchday squad following the arrival of striker Viktor Gyokeres on loan from Brighton, taking the club’s quota of loan players up to six. And with clubs only allowed to name five loans in any given matchday squad, Giles was the one to make way. Just a few days later he was recalled by Wolves and redirected to Rotherham, which didn’t go down too well with Mark Robins.
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