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Could Ryan Giles' form spell the end at Wolves for Ruben Vinagre?

Wolves youngster Ryan Giles is enjoying a tremendous loan spell with Cardiff City.

The 21-year-old is spending the 2021/22 season with the Championship outfit, and it is already looking to be a really good move from Wolves sending him there.

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Up to now, Giles has made 18 appearances for the club.

He has predominantly played as a left wing-back, which is absolutely ideal given Wolves are currently using a system that deploys wing-backs. That could well change in the future, but it is always good for full-backs to be able to have experience of playing wing-back.

Playing in such a role has allowed Giles to make a remarkable nine assists so far.

That is a brilliant return, from a player Scott Sellars described as one of the best young crossers of the ball in the country at the time of his departure.

Giles really is developing nicely. And one wonders what that could mean for another player Wolves currently have on out on loan.

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Ruben Vinagre joined the champions of Portugal Sporting CP in the summer.

Last term he started out at Olympiacos, before moving to Farmalicao after a lack of game time.

Vinagre has only made 10 appearances so far this term. He has not played since an 18-minute cameo against Besiktas on November 3.

His last league appearance came on September 29 against Maritimo.

He has had an injury recently, but there is no denying who is enjoying a better season out of Vinagre and Giles.

Ryan Giles’ development could be casting doubt on Ruben Vinagre’s long-term future

It really is impressive what Giles is doing at the moment.

The Championship is not an easy league, but he is routinely catching the eye for Cardiff.

It hasn’t quite happened yet for Vinagre, and he probably needs a big second half of the season if he has any hopes of being involved for Wolves next season.

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Arguably, the Wolves already open to him departing. The club said Sporting have an option to buy the £30,000-a-week player.

Should things continue as they are for Giles until the end of the season, it is difficult to see why the club would want to keep hold of Vinagre (if Sporting didn’t want to keep him), who has had chances in the past in old gold.

Rayan Ait-Nouri, Giles and Jonny Castro Otto would be a fantastic set of options for 2022/23. It’s likely Fernando Marcal would not get a contract extension given his age and injury record.