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Giggs keeping close eye on Doidge

28th February 2020, 17:39 by Bobbie Jackson

Wales manager Ryan Giggs says he is keeping tabs on Hibernian striker Christian Doidge ahead of his side's upcoming friendlies.

Doidge is yet to make an appearances for Wales at any age level but his exploits this season could see him handed a call-up.

The 27-year-old has netted 17 times across all competitions for Hibernian this term, including two hat-tricks, and Giggs believes he could be a useful option for the Dragons.

It’s his best goalscoring season since he notched 27 times in the National League with Forest Green Rovers in 2016-17.

Wales, who recently slipped on place in the world rankings, have already booked their spot at Euro 2020, coming second behind Croatia in their qualifying group, and will face Turkey, Italy and Switzerland at the showpiece event.

Giggs currently has Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes, Tyler Roberts and Kieffer Moore as options for the centre-forward role, but he is keen to add to his pool ahead of the summer.

“He’s someone who is scoring goals,” Giggs told Clwb Pel Droed. “When you have a goalscorer, it doesn’t matter what level, they know where the back of the net is.

“He’s someone who we’re looking at closely over the next few weeks, obviously with the games coming up.”

Doidge will be hoping to get the call from Giggs over the next few weeks as Wales prepare for two friendlies on home soil.

Austria make the trip to Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on March 27 before Wales host the USA at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 30, while they are also set to travel to face the Netherlands on June 6.

Euro 2020 will then be the focus later in the month.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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