Wolverhampton Wanderers have recalled left-wing back Ryan Giles from Shrewsbury after a string of injuries to the first-team.
According to reports in the Express and Star, Giles is now going to be considered for Wolves’ Premier League match against Southampton on the weekend after Nuno Espirito Santo decided to call the player back to Wolverhampton.
The local outlet ‘understands’ that the injuries to Ruben Vinagre and Diogo Jota, coupled by the fact they are yet to bring any first-teamers through the door in this transfer window, are the reasons for his return this January.
It’s claimed that Jonny Castro-Otto and Pedro Neto are likely to start on the weekend, with Giles most likely to be another option for Nuno on the bench.
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While this can be seen as a positive opportunity for Giles, it is likely that some Wanderers fans might be growing frustrated at the lack of business and depth in the squad. The lack of numbers have meant that players have had a lot demanded of them this season, and there are beginning to be a few injuries occurring – something the club really don’t want when this next half of the season will see them fight for the European places once again in the league and the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Furthermore, Giles has been having a good season at League One level, being an important part of the club’s season so far, and they are just six points shy of the play-off zone. By the club having to call on the player, he might get some valuable experience in terms of being around these first-teamers, but he is also missing out on some crucial time developing in Shrewsbury.
Playing as a left midfielder in a 3-5-2, he has been able to play in a system similar to Wolves’ all season, so that should at least be natural to him. In 25 games for the club, he has managed one goal and three assists.