Wolves youngster Ryan Giles has enjoyed a pretty good start to life on loan at the Riverside Stadium so far, and is a firm favourite under Michael Carrick.
He has made 21 appearances across all competitions, and provided four assists up to now.
Giles is looking to have a really good season for Boro, after narrowly missing out on a place in Wolves’ first-team squad.
Bruno Lage was a big fan of Giles and took a close look at him in pre-season. But ultimately, it was decided that he needed one more loan move.
That was despite Fernando Marcal leaving the club in the summer.
But Wolves did have Rayan Ait-Nouri and Jonny Castro Otto. But Jonny has been featuring a lot at right-back this term.
Wolves have been hoping for Giles to feature regularly in the Championship and that’s exactly what he has been doing.
Boro parted ways with Chris Wilder at the start of October, following a run of two wins in 11 games.
The club replaced him with Michael Carrick, with the former Manchester United midfielder taking up his first role as a first-team manager.
It is always interesting to see if regulars will lose their place under a new manager.
Thankfully for Giles, Carricks seems to be a fan.
He’s played every minute under Carrick so far, and the 41-year-old picked out Giles a few weeks ago ahead of his side’s game against Bristol City.
He said (via Teesside Live): “Giles managed to get himself high up the pitch a number of times the other night. His attributes lead him to that and we’ll certainly be encouraging that. We want the players to do what they’re good at and express themselves.
“That’s a major strength of his, being dangerous on that left hand side, and getting the balance right and defending well and enjoying defending and the challenge that brings. But certainly do what you’re good at and that’s one of the things he’s very good at.”
Ryan Giles’ level of involvement at Middlesbrough under Michael Carrick will delight Wolves officials
Wolves officials will be really pleased that Giles is featuring so heavily for Boro.
Carrick coming in might have brought a bit of uncertainty. You never know how a new manager might wish to stamp their authority.
But it looks like Giles is rated highly.
To have played 90 minutes in all five of Carrick’s games so far is encouraging and bodes well for when club football returns after the World Cup.
Given the emergence of Hugo Bueno back at Wolves, it will be very interesting if Giles has a really strong season.
It’s very possible Wanderers might see the potential to sell him, like they did Morgan Gibbs-White. Giles wouldn’t go for anything like the money Gibbs-White did, but he could certainly bring in a pretty penny.
Or of course, he could become a first-team option for Wolves. There’s strong competition right now, but anything could happen.