Ryan Giggs says Dylan Levitt is his 'kind of player'
Wales manager Ryan Giggs has been impressed by Dylan Levitt, after including the teenager in his senior international squad.
The Manchester United legend joined Stewart Gardner, David May, Wes Brown, Danny Webber and Ben Thornley on the MUTV Group Chat and was asked for his opinion on the Reds' Under-23s midfielder.
Although the 19-year-old has been promoted to Giggs's squad, he has still to make his senior bow for his country, with our former winger explaining this was only because of the intensity and high pressure of the bid to reach Euro 2020, something the Dragons achieved by finishing second in Group E behind Croatia.
“When Dylan was in the squad, we had must-win games so I couldn’t really throw him in and put him in that pressure cooker,” Giggs told us. “But, in training, he’s one of the best. He’s my kind of player – a good character, quiet but tough, and he’s one that I’ll be taking a big look at over the next year or so.
“I want him to develop and if he does and, if he plays more games, then he’ll definitely be in the reckoning. He’s a really intelligent player with a good range of passing and he stands out in training in every session.
“As I said, it’s just a shame that I couldn’t get him on the pitch.”
Levitt has become a key member of Neil Wood's Under-23s side and has benefited from the experience of playing in Europe and the Leasing.com Trophy this term, as well as getting to go away with Wales.
“Obviously, when I’ve been going away with them, I’ve not really played, but just being around them is amazing,” the youngster told us about his time with the Wales squad. “Seeing the different side of international football, day in and day out, with everyone training at 100 per cent. We worked so hard to qualify so it’s a big shame really that it’s been pushed back [until 2021]. All of us were raring to go for the summer as soon as we beat Hungary so it’s a bit of a setback.
“I’ve seen the quotes from the manager and it really means a lot to hear that from someone who has achieved so much in the game.“
Levitt has risen through the ranks at United and made his first senior appearance in the Europa League tie against Astana, in Kazakhstan, last November.
He started alongside James Garner in midfield, with the pair having been at the same development centre at the age of eight and nine, and they performed well.
A maiden call-up to the Wales squad came last year, after impressing with his country's Under-21s, and he will hope to push on next season.