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Wolves youngster Ryan Giles impresses on Blackburn loan debut despite defeat

Wolves wing-back Ryan Giles caught the eye on his debut for Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The 22-year-old made his debut for the Championship out, after joining the club on transfer deadline day.

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Giles is spending the remainder of the season at Ewood Park. He is looking to get back to playing regularly again, having enjoyed a great spell with Cardiff City in the first-half of the season.

Despite having only been with the club for a matter of days, Giles was thrown straight into the starting XI by Tony Mowbray against Swansea City.

And on the whole, it was a good display from Giles.

The star completed 27/31 (87%) of his passes, and created two big chances in the game (Sofascore).

And quite staggeringly, Giles put in 23 crosses in the match. That was by far and away the most of any player on the pitch.

Reda Khadra had the next most with eight.

SWANSEA, WALES – FEBRUARY 05: Blackburn Rovers’ Ryan Giles has a shot at goal only to see it saved by Swansea City’s Andy Fisher during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Blackburn Rovers at Swansea.com Stadium on February 5, 2022 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Ian Cook – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Rovers ended up losing the match 1-0 with Michael Obafemi scoring the goal for the hosts.

Giles might have done more to stop the cross coming in. But in fairness, it was a rather unexpected ball from very deep.

The local media were impressed though, with the Lancashire Telegraph giving him a 7/10 for his showing.

They said of him: “Started in attack and then moved out to the flank, delivered 23 crosses, setting up chances for Lenihan and Wharton. Rovers’ best play came through him, going close in the first half when his shot was saved by Fisher.”

Mowbray actually felt hit team should have utilised Giles more.

He said (as quoted by the club’s official website): “We should have given the ball to Giles more, fill the box with bodies, the experienced lads do that but we struggled to adapt. I love them all, they’re all working hard, we’re all frustrated.”

Good news for Wolves as Ryan Giles enjoys impressive debut for Blackburn Rovers

He may have lost his first game and finished without any goals or assists.

But Giles clearly made an impression in his first game, which is great to see.

23 crosses in one game is a crazy statistic. His ability to deliver a ball into the box is going to be a real weapon for Blackburn moving forwards.

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Bruno Lage has taken a liking to Giles and wants him to fight for a first-team place next season.

He has certainly made a solid start to life in Lancashire.