Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Ashley Williams, Chris Gunter. The stalwarts. The standard. First names down on the team sheet, when fit. No excuses, no argument, end of story.
But who’s next for Wales? And how experienced are they?
We saw Chris Coleman blood messrs Woodburn, Ampadu and Brooks towards the end of his now mythical reign. But a bone of contention has always been whether the next generation is getting enough game time at club level to truly develop.
New Wales manager Ryan Giggs will be very pleased with this latest transfer window as a number of Wales options got on their respective bikes to seek regular football elsewhere.
EatSleepFootyRepeat rounds up the Welsh transfer mover and shakers.
Was Ben Woodburn before Ben Woodburn came along. The youngest player ever to play for Wales at 16 years and 207 days, it’s been a long four years for the Liverpool man waiting in the wings (as opposed to being on the wing) and being kept in the reserves by ever more expensive signings.
Finally, he’s on his way. Rumour is there was a bit of a stand-off over him signing a new deal and it hinging on him being able to go out on loan.
Thankfully it seems common sense has prevailed. He’s settling in on loan at former European capital of culture, Hull, where he’ll hopefully serve more use helping with their Championship relegation scrap rather than banging them in for fun in the Reds U23s side.
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After 13 years at @lcfc writing this feels really strange… today is a new chapter in my career & I can’t put into words how honoured I am to have been part of Leicester’s story for the last decade! It truly has been an honour to play for Leicester City & this club has a huge place in my heart. Thanks to everyone connected with Leicester… fans, players & staff for giving me the most memorable moments of my life 🦊 💙 I am excited & ready for my new challenge joining Swansea on loan and can’t wait to get started!!!!
We like Andy King. Not quite as much as Dave Edwards, but we like Andy King. The man’s a Premier League title winner for heaven’s sake. Which puts him one up on Bale and Ramsey for a kick off.
So to see the Welsh midfielder kicking his heels at Leicester has been a bit trying for all concerned. Thankfully, because he’s not Riyad Mahrez, King is allowed to leave, is out on loan and will surely guide Swansea City away from the drop zone, presumably while teaching an alarmingly fragile Renato Augusto one or two things about toughing it out and giving it your all along the way.
Well done Andy.
A 19-year-old striker a lot of people, including at EatSleepFootyRepeat towers, have got high hopes for. Tyler was being kept firmly in the shade by the goal-scoring prowess of Hal Robson-Kanu at West Brom (!) and saw little chance of unseating the king there.
After one sub appearance all season Tyler’s worked out which side his bread’s buttered and after an impressive stint at Walsall, scoring five goals in 17 appearances, he’s upped sticks and headed for warmer climes in Yorkshire with Leeds United in a £2.5 million deal.
Swansea City apparently decided they didn’t really need the talented 20-year-old defender this season as their back line was experienced and talented enough to cope. Good decision!
Joe’s taken the hint and he’s off to Cheltenham Town hopefully for some well-deserved and much-needed game time with the Robins flying just above the League Two drop zone.
Another Welsh winger left in the wings, this time at Fulham. The 22-year-old was due to go out on loan earlier this season but injury put the mockers on that idea.
Now he is one the move and a long move it is to, from west London to north of the border and SPL side St Johnstone.
You may have missed it. He’s gone to Indy Eleven. Wherever that is. Stateside somewhere. Playing in something called the United Soccer League. We had to Google. Good luck Owain.
Who’s going nowhere?
After announcing himself during the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Moldova we wondered whether Liverpool would let Ben Woodburn off the leash and/or out on loan to get some serious game-time.
Opportunities at Anfield were scarce with plenty of expensively-assembled talent in front of him in the pecking order, not least a certain Phillippe Coutinho.
When Coleman took his magically managerial hands to Sunderland we fancied Woodburn to follow suit to continue his apprenticeship. But Countinho’s megabucks move to Barca has ended that opportunity, but ironically opened up another closer to home. Woodburn is ever closer to the Liverpool first team and we hope to see his cherubic face a little more later this season.
Not so Danny Ward though who, like Woodburn, is plying his trade among the Reds reserves.
Even less than solid performances by Simon Mignolet have not been enough for Jurgen Klopp to seek goalkeeping assurance elsewhere this season. With the transfer window now shut, Ward is looking like spending the rest of the season sat on the sidelines secretly hoping for an unfortunate injury, or two.
And one man (we say we man, he’s 17 FFS!) definitely staying put for the time being is Ethan Ampadu at Chelsea. He continues to win plaudits, including from our own Laurence Mora who described him as a Rolls Royce of a player.
And who can argue when he casually slides in worldie passes like this? Just a pity Pedro cocked it up!
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