This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Cardiff City will be aiming to continue their summer transfer window by adding more quality additions to their squad as they aim to mount a promotion challenge next term.
The Bluebirds have already secured the additions of the likes of James Collins, Ryan Wintle and Mark McGuiness and those three seem to be players that will enhance the quality of the Bluebirds’ squad.
Mick McCarthy’s sides are now thought to be closing in on a move for Wolves defender Ryan Giles this summer, with the Bluebirds having managed to agree a deal with Wolves that would see the left-wing-back head to Cardiff on a season-long loan deal.
So, with Cardiff now closing in on a deal for Giles, we asked out FLW writers whether they feel it would be a good signing for them to make this summer…
This could be an excellent signing in the long-term.
Giles is a player with a bright future ahead of him if the early stages of his professional career are anything to go by, and Cardiff will be hoping that he can make a positive impact with them moving forwards.
At the age of 21, he’s still got his best years ahead of him, and there won’t be any concerns as to whether he can adjust to life in the Championship, with Giles spending last season with Rotherham United.
Despite the Millers’ relegation into League One in that campaign, he seemingly made a good impression with some strong performances for Paul Warne’s side.
It’ll be an exciting addition for the Bluebirds ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, that’s for sure.
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With Cardiff not having a single left-wing-back on their books it’s very important for them to tie one down as soon as possible with pre-season starting very soon, so getting one through the door is the first step.
Joe Bennett was released at the end of the season and McCarthy had to play players out of position in that role, so he will be relieved to know that he’s seemingly secured a natural wing-back in Giles.
Whilst I wouldn’t say that Giles is a proven Championship player by any means, he showed some promise in 2020-21 at Rotherham United on loan to suggest that he could really flourish at Cardiff.
Giles possesses good attacking qualities and great pace which will serve Cardiff well going forward, although his defensive attributes probably still need developing – but the Bluebirds have three very solid centre-backs who will perhaps be covering him on a number of occasions next season.
It is a good, low-risk signing for me and if it doesn’t work out then the loan can be terminated midway through the season, but Giles has the tools to be a good wing-back in the Championship.
This looks to be a really good bit of business from Cardiff.
We’ve seen them really make the most of the loan market in recent years, with both Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo proving key attacking players last term.
Replacements for them were needed and while Giles will not play as far forward, he’s got clear quality and proved that while on loan with Coventry City and Rotherham United last season.
He should be hungry to prove to Bruno Lage that he’s good enough to forge a career at Molineux and it looks as though Cardiff will be the beneficiaries of that.
It’s been a good start to the window for the Bluebirds and completing this deal continues that.