Final Welsh player roundup before the first set of Nations League matches

Wales fans will be delighted to know that Gareth Bale goes into the matches against Rep. of Ireland and Denmark in perfect form. For the seventh La Liga game in a row, Bale managed to hit the back of the net for Real Madrid with a superb strike.

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The break down of everything Ryan Giggs said at the Wales squad announcement

It’s the start of a new era for Welsh football. This morning’s squad announcement for the upcoming games against Ireland and Denmark included uncapped players and talented youngsters, which will generate a healthy mix of experience and youth.

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How the Welsh players performed this weekend

In another Real Madrid win, Gareth Bale scored his second of the season against Girona. A classic from the no.11, a burst of pace to run in behind onto a beautiful through pass from Isco, to be followed with a sidefoot finish into the bottom corner. Bale also managed an assist for the fourth goal, a low cross for Benzema to finish for Madrid to make it 4-1.

Aaron Ramsey was back in the starting line up for Arsenal on Saturday after rumours he was dropped to the bench because of ongoing contract issues. He played his first 90 minutes of the season in the no.10 position and scored a goal that was disallowed for offside. Ramsey will face his hometown club, Cardiff next Sunday in the last set of club fixtures before the international break.

Newcastle’s Paul Dummett looked good at the back for Newcastle, despite them losing 2-1 against Chelsea on Sunday. He also looks to have improved his quality on crosses from last season. With just two defenders playing regularly in the Premier League, it is likely that Dummett will be called up this week.

David Brooks was able to play out an hour in Bournemouth’s draw against Everton. Tom Bradshaw was introduced for Millwall in the second half after signing on loan from Barnsley in midweek and Ben Woodburn came on for the last 5 minutes to see out Sheffield United’s 3-0 win against Bolton. Louis Thompson managed 81 minutes for Norwich in a 3-0 defeat to Leeds, but Tyler Roberts continues to be omitted from the Leeds 18.

The two goalscorer’s for Derby in midweek, Tom Lawrence and Joe Ledley didn’t manage to find the net in Derby’s 2-0 win this weekend. Ledley was replaced after 49 minutes because of an injury. Harry Wilson remains sidelined and it is unknown whether he will be fit enough to be called up to the Wales squad this week.

James Chester put in a strong display against Reading for 90 minutes, at least that was until he mistimed a tackle in the penalty area in the dying minutes. Reading scored the penalty and the game finished 1-1; Neil Taylor made an appearance in injury time just before this mishap. Chris Gunter is still not back in the Reading squad, but he managed to play the first half for the U23 side on Saturday.

In League Two, Mark Harris continues to be very impressive for Newport. He had a strong claim for a penalty denied by the referee just before half time in their 1-0 win over Grimsby. Meanwhile, Newport born Christian Doidge and former Wales U21 international Michael Doughty got the goals in the 1-1 draw between Forest Green and Swindon.

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Bale is back with a bang: Welsh player roundup for this weekend

Gareth Bale kicked off the new La Liga season with a goal against Getafe in a 2-0 win. After a strong pre-season with 3 goals in 4 games, he reopened his league account with a finish into the bottom corner from an Asensio cross. He hit the bar with a diving header and also whipped in the ball that Getafe were unable to clear, Carvajal eventually heading it over the goalkeeper and into the net. Now that Ronaldo has left Real Madrid, there is a new pressure on Bale to become the talisman; his recent performances have shown he can be the main man at the Bernabéu.

Hal Robson-Kanu scored the seventh goal in West Brom’s emphatic 7-1 win over QPR. After being on the pitch for just 8 minutes, he was able to turn in a cross from the right side to finish from 5 yards out.

David Brooks continues to impress for Bournemouth, playing 78 minutes of their 2-1 win against West Ham. His involvement in Bournemouth’s attacking play is brilliant to watch and adding goals to his game will be a welcome addition.

Joe Allen got his first assist of the season, floating in a stunning free kick for Peter Crouch to head in after 61 minutes to finish the game 2-2. Ben Davies played another 90 minutes at the weekend and was used in a wing back role for Spurs in their 3-1 win over Fulham, as Pochettino decided to opt with a 3-4-3 system.

In a surprising turn of events, Paul Dummett has allegedly spoken of his desire to return to the Wales setup, following his international “retirement” in late 2016. He has continued to put in solid performances for Newcastle at left back in the Premier League and did so again at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Gwion Edwards continued his good run of form for Ipswich. A scintillating run that began in his own half almost ended with a goal, only to be denied by the crossbar. He consistently caused Aston Villa problems down the flanks in a side that featured James Chester but no Neil Taylor (unused sub). Edwards has the best ‘dribbles completed per game’ average in the Championship this season, ahead of the likes of Jack Grealish and Samu Saiz.

Chris Mepham was in tremendous form again for Brentford at the heart of defence, securing another clean sheet and another win for the Championship club. Young gun and former Cardiff City youth player, Ash Baker played at right back for Sheff Wed in the same match.

Swansea’s 0-0 draw against Birmingham on Friday night saw Connor Roberts and Joe Rodon both get 90 minutes each and a clean sheet for the second game running. Daniel James also made his first team debut for the club after 65 minutes.

Despite conceding two goals on Monday evening, Wayne Hennessey put in a decent performance for Crystal Palace against Liverpool. Both Danny Ward and Chris Maxwell are sitting on the bench at their clubs currently, so Wayne will no doubt be starting the Nations League matches (barring injury).

Cardiff loanee, Mark Harris was able to get his first goal for Newport on Saturday to win a point away at Exeter. The Wales U21 international will really want to show his worth in League Two and become a star for Newport this season.

Youngster Matthew Smith played his first 90 minutes in the league for FC Twente, as they opened their campaign with a 2-1 win. Emyr Huws played 45 mins for Ipswich U23’s v Hull and managed to an assist with a cross after the half hour mark. Adam Davies kept a clean sheet for Barnsley and Ched Evans got his second goal of the season for Fleetwood in a 2-2 draw.

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