Wales manager Ryan Giggs states Daniel James’ emergence can help alleviate the pressure.
Wales take on Azerbaijan at Cardiff City Stadium in a crucial Qualifier on Friday , live on Sky Sports Premier League, having dropped their last two matches of the campaign against Hungary and Croatia
James has scored three goals in four Premier League matches since his move to Manchester United from Swansea the summertime, while Bale scored two for Real Madrid on Sunday Villarreal.
Giggs is hoping James’ form can help take the burden off Wales’ all-time record goalscorer going.
“They are both playing are in good shape, both are scoring. I believe that they are both looking forward to being involved in the match,” he explained.
“Dan has got off to a great beginning to his Manchester United career but he has been great for us at the last few matches – especially during the summertime under tough conditions.
“It’s not only about Gareth. Clearly with what Gareth has done, the capabilities he has obtained, spotlight and the strain is to him.
“I wish to bring that pressure off ourselves, we can not rely on him in every match. We’ve got other ability in the group.”
James is United’s leading scorer in the Premier League after his first four appearances but Giggs insists he is not surprised by the winger growth at Old Trafford under Gunnar Solskjaer.
The former United players believes the direction at United can help James match his entire potential whilst helping him maintain his”feet on the ground”.
“I have not been surprised because he had a good pre-season, once you register for a new club that’s exactly what you want,” he continued.
“He has played almost every game and when you score, or return on and score, so that gives you a lift.
“It doesn’t matter when you are in the world or what kind of skill you have, confidence is all about, confidence builds. All of us know about what he’s capable of, what he’s done over the last eight or nine weeks. He only gets better and better.
“He’s at the right club. Ole will look after him in the way, he’ll know when to perform him. I am surprised. It is a club which loves wingers, they love players running at defenders and interesting that the enthusiasts. I am happy he will not get taken away, he’s that type of character.
“He’s down to the earth and he’s at the ideal club in regards to keeping his feet to the floor .”
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