Manchester United star Daniel James needs to step up and and take some pressure off Wales team-mate Gareth Bale, according to Ryan Giggs.
James signed for United in the summer from Swansea for £18m and has been brilliant this season for the Red Devils, scoring three times in the Premier League.
His compatriot Harry Wilson has also enjoyed a fine start to top-flight life, having scored twice for new loan club Bournemouth.
Giggs is pleased with both players’ progress, but has called on James in particular to take more responsibility for Wales.
“They’re playing and they’re in good form, both are scoring,” Giggs said of James and Wilson.
“I think they’re both looking forward to being involved in the game [vs Azerbaijan].
“Dan has got off to a great start at Manchester United but he’s also been great for us, especially with difficult circumstances in the summer.
“The pressure is always on Gareth but I want to bring that pressure off Gareth, we can’t rely on him in every game because we’ve got other talented players in the squad.”
Giggs, whose entire professional career was spent at United, isn’t surprised by the impact new signing James has made at Old Trafford.
James’ latest two goals in particular have been brilliant, despite them coming in a loss to Crystal Palace and a draw with Southampton.
“I haven’t been surprised by [James’] start. He had a good pre-season,” Giggs added.
“He played nearly every game and then when you come on and score it gives you a lift. It doesn’t matter who you are, confidence is everything.
“We all know what he’s capable of, in the last nine months or so he’s got better and better.
“He’s at the right club, Ole will look after him. I’m pleased for him. He won’t get carried away. He’s a down to earth character and he’s at the right club in terms of keeping his feet on the ground.”
Wales’ two international fixtures come against Azerbaijan on Friday before facing Belarus next Monday.