In the Pipeline: Wolves’ Academy Player of the Year, Ryan Giles

Wolves seem pretty well set for the future at the moment. They’ve got a number of young players in the first team who are still some way off their peaks whilst the club are more than ready to establish themselves in the Premier League after a fantastic first term back in the top flight.

However, they also have a number of top players in their youth teams. Niall Ennis has been grabbing most of the headlines for the U23s but another player who’s had a breakthrough 2018/19 campaign is the versatile Ryan Giles.

Wolves U23s currently sit top of Premier League 2, division 2 and Giles has had a huge say in ensuring they’re still in the hunt for promotion to the top division.

With a game to go, Wolves are level on points with Reading but have a considerably bigger goal difference. Southampton, meanwhile, are just a point off the Midlands club and have a game in hand.

It’s certainly all to play for and Giles will be one of the players crucial to where they finish, having already featured in 16 matches. This could be his final year of playing academy football too with Nuno Santo clearly taking a liking to the player.

The 19-year-old was included in the first team’s pre-season training camp last summer whilst he also signed a new deal back in November.

As if that wasn’t enough, he made his senior bow in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury in 2019 and is currently Wolves’ Academy Player of the Year too.

With left wing back Ruben Vinagre attracting the interest of Liverpool, Giles could be his perfect replacement next term and would be an excellent understudy to Jonny.

He is a left-winger by trade but made his first-team debut at left-wing back. He also played there during the academy side’s win over Stoke.

His versatility will be incredibly beneficial and, as we’ve seen with many young players, managers tend to use them in different roles to bed them into the first team picture.

A Wolves fan shares his most gutting moment of the last 10 years supporting the club in the video below…

Giles possesses fantastic attacking qualities and once moved further forward last Monday night against Stoke he showed that. He was a menace on the flanks and was unfortunate not to score himself as they won 2-1.

The Telford born player has a wonderful ability to beat his man and it surely won’t be too long before we see him doing it at senior level on a regular basis.

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