Daniel James will come back stronger after seemingly being frozen out at Manchester United.
That is the view of United legend Ryan Giggs, who has called up the winger to his Wales squad for their upcoming Nations League fixtures.
James burst onto the scene at Old Trafford after his move from Swansea, netting three goals in his first four games as a United player.
But he then managed only one goal in the following 42 appearances and saw himself down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
While the emergence of Mason Greenwood has certainly not helped, the 22-year-old saw his form drop as the season progressed.
But Giggs, who made 632 appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils, reckons he will come back stronger in the future.
Giggs is expected to hand James a starting role in Wales’ Nations League opener against Finland in Helsinki on Thursday and says he will benefit from the time out.
“Dan didn’t play as much towards the end of the season, but sometimes in the long run that can help you,” Giggs said.
“He might not like it (being out of the team) and might want to be involved.
“But knowing Dan, the way he trains and his attitude, he will come through and be all the better for it. You can have a different perspective of things.
"I think sometimes the players that don't necessarily play all the time for their clubs, it gives them a chance to get some minutes, try and get some form to go back to their clubs and show their clubs what they can do. Perhaps DJ is in that camp.”
James was ever-present in Euro 2020 qualification as Wales made it to another tournament and will be hoping to get the nod for the upcoming games.
He may have had to contend for a starting spot with fit again David Brooks, who was back in the fold after his long-term injury problems.
But the Bournemouth forward has since withdrawn from the squad with an ankle injury and James should feature in a front three with skipper Gareth Bale and targetman Kieffer Moore.