Ryan Giggs delighted with Everton loanee Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams of Wales during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

Williams was loaned out by Everton in the summer to Stoke City.

Ashley Williams of Wales controls the ball during the UEFA Nations League B match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on October 16, 2018

Ryan Giggs has heaped praise on Everton defender Ashley Williams when speaking to BBC Sport, after the veteran centre-back captained Wales to a crucial UEFA Nations League win over Ireland.

In their League B Group 4 clash, Wales have been drawn alongside Ireland and Denmark and Giggs' side currently sit at the top of the three-country division with six points.

That is after Harry Wilson curled an exquisite free-kick into the top corner of Darren Randolph's goal to earn all three points, despite Wales being without their best two players in Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

 

But it was the Welsh rearguard, led by Everton defender Williams, kept Martin O'Neill's side at bay and Giggs was full of praise for Williams - who wore the armband for the evening.

"Outstanding, man of the match by a million miles," Giggs said. "I wasn't happy with the first-half performance - he was the only one really who showed the things I was looking for, winning challenges.

"He was just magnificent, a real captain's performance. I get asked all the time about the younger players coming in but the older, experienced players are just as important, and they showed that.

"I said that to the players: 'They're the players you've got to look up to.' A lot of good performances but his stood out."

Wales' defender Ashley Williams (C) watches the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on October 16,...

The 34-year-old was told he had little chance of earning game time with Everton this season, and was loaned to Championship outfit Stoke City where has he found the going tough.

He has made six Championship appearances, including starting the last three and it seems as though Williams is slowly returning to his best form after another excellent display for his country.

It may also see Everton take note of their 80-time international, who is set to see his £70,000-a-week contract at Everton expire at the end of the season.

Dublin , Ireland - 16 October 2018; Wales players, from left, Ben Woodburn, Ashley Williams and Andy King celebrate following the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Republic of...

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