Cardiff City are looking to sign Ryan Giles on a season-long loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 21-year-old is highly-rated at Molineux but he has understandably found game time hard to come by at the Premier League side, with most of his minutes coming out on loan.
Giles has had spells with Rotherham and Coventry in recent years, with Football Insider stating a spell in Wales is now on the cards.
Boss Mick McCarthy will have earmarked the youngster for the left wing-back role in his Bluebirds XI and here we weigh up how this move could work out for all parties…
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Is it a good potential move?
Yes, it would be a great move for the player, Cardiff and Wolves.
Firstly, from Giles’ perspective, he needs to be playing football and he knows that’s realistically not going to happen at Wolves, even though Bruno Lage has been appointed and there are doubts about Rayan Ait-Nouri’s future.
So, it will give him the chance to play and Cardiff are getting an exciting talent who has the ability to play an important role in their team. On loan, it’s low-risk as well.
Would he start?
He’s have every chance.
Left-back became a problem position for Cardiff after Joe Bennett suffered a terrible knee injury and he has since been released with his deal expiring in the summer.
Ciaron Brown can play the role but he isn’t as attack-minded as Giles, who is a specialist wing-back.
You would imagine that the Wolves man would start the campaign as the first choice, so it would be his shirt to lose.
What does he offer?
Giles would bring pace, energy and balance to the team.
As mentioned, he should be regarded as a specialist in this position because he has been training at Wolves who adopted a system that included wing-backs for the past, whilst his loan spells at Coventry and Rotherham saw him play as a wing-back.
Therefore, Giles knows exactly what the role requires. In terms of his individual qualities, he is quick, direct and has a good left foot, and he is a wing-back that excels in the final third.