Matt Jackson hails Ryan Giles after brilliant loan campaign with Middlesbrough
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Matt Jackson hails Ryan Giles after brilliant loan campaign with Middlesbrough

Wolves’ player marketing manager Matt Jackson has praised Ryan Giles following his fine season on loan with Middlesbrough.

Giles has featured heavily for Boro and helped guide them to the play-offs.

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He’s made 46 appearances across all competitions, and delivered a very impressive 12 assists.

That haul makes him the first player for the club to get double figures since Adama Traore in 2017/18.

Giles, 23, could not really have asked for a better season, and Wolves officials also couldn’t have hoped for a more productive loan stint.

It will be very interesting to see what the club do with him in the summer.

Giles has spoken of his desire to play at the highest level now, following his eighth loan spell away from the club, so it feels as though if he doesn’t get a crack with the first-team then he could depart.

Jackson, who plays an important role in aiding the development of young players at Molineux, said of Giles: “He’s improved the areas of his game which needed improving, some of his defensive work.

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“We certainly know from an attacking sense he’s got tremendous tools for the Championship. It’s just now whether they translate to higher levels.

“It’s always down to the player, their willingness to learn, their willingness to try the things they’ve been taught on the field of play, and when you get Ryan in an environment like Middlesbrough, the way he’s asked to express himself, it’s quite right he’s now delivering the very best that he can do. His pathway has been excellent.”

Quite possibly, Giles could get a chance under Lopetegui.

Rayan Ait-Nouri’s lack of opportunities of late may make his future uncertain.

And it could be that Jonny Castro Otto departs having struggled this term.

Julen Lopetegui must assess Ryan Giles closely this summer

Giles has had another brilliant season out on loan and is surely in Lopetegui’s thinking.

He’s gotten a lot of games under his belt, which puts him in a good position to impress the manager.

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If he can do well in pre-season, there is no reason why he can’t be a part of Wolves’ squad next season. Especially if one of Ait-Nouri or Jonny leaves.

That said, there is potential for Wolves to make a decent bit of money on Giles.

It was reported earlier this year that the star has interest in him from Premier League clubs. So Wanderers may be tempted to cash in.