Euro 2016: The Welsh midfield duo that will delight boss Chris Coleman

Jonny Williams and Emyr Huws
Jonny Williams has made 11 appearances for Wales, Emyr Huws has played six times

Jonny Williams and Emyr Huws could be the big winners from the Easter friendly internationals when Wales managed a draw and a defeat.

The 22-year-old midfielders made strong cases to be included in manager Chris Coleman's final 23-man squad for Euro 2016.

Wales drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland and lost 1-0 against Ukraine.

But Williams and Huws managed the conversion from possible to probable on Coleman's list for the flight to France this summer.

For both, the short trip across the channel to Wales' summer base in Brittany would be a key landmark in long, tough journeys.

Jonny be good

In the space of 11 caps, Williams, the Crystal Palace midfielder who is currently on loan at MK Dons, has established himself as a Welsh fans' favourite.

The 22-year-old has been christened "Jonniesta" by supporters thanks to his diminutive stature and his ball-playing ability.

Jonny Williams
Midfielder Jonny Williams has won 11 caps since his Wales debut in March 2013

He showed against the Ukraine on Monday, that he lacks nothing in bravery. But he has had to prove his durability already in his fledgling career.

Williams, who qualifies for Wales through a Welsh father, broke his leg playing for Wales under-21 within weeks of making his debut for Palace bow in 2011.

Palace thought so highly of him, they put him on a five year contract until 2017, but have loaned him out five times.

Injury has been the bane of Williams' career. Yet, after making his Wales debut as a replacement for Gareth Bale in March 2013, Williams may be blossoming in the nick of time.

He was a constant thorn in the side of Northern Ireland in Thursday's draw in Cardiff.

His reward was a starting place against Ukraine in Kiev, where his desire and durability was tested by some callous challenges.

Each time he got up, brushed himself down - and once more used his dribbling skills to gnaw away at his tormentors.

Wales' Euro 2016 fixtures
11 June - Slovakia
16 June - England
20 June - Russia

Wales boss Coleman has always thought highly of him. Now he'll have no hesitation in taking him to France.

The absence of match-winners Bale and Aaron Ramsey proved decisive in Wales' failure to win either of the Euro 2016 warm-ups. But Williams provided a creative influence which may be too good for Coleman to ignore.

Huws impresses

Huws was forced to sit out Northern Ireland, though made an impact by scoring his first international goal in the 3-2 defeat by the Netherlands in November.

However the clash in Kiev, only his second start in a Welsh shirt following his debut in the 3-1 home win over Iceland in March 2014, was widely seen as a test of his suitability for the Euro finals.

Even in defeat, Huws did not disappoint. He was helped by a dominant display by Joe Allen, who had one of his best games in a Wales shirt.

Emyr Huws
Emyr Huws is up against strong midfield contenders like Joe Allen, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey and Andy King

Manchester City academy graduate Huw not only combined well with his midfield partner, but showed a willingness to take possession in tight areas and look for a telling pass.

Like Williams he has had to overcome adversity after a serious ankle injury at the start of 2015 during his time at Wigan.

The man on loan at Huddersfield has bags of potential - and on the basis of the evidence since Wales qualified, Huws may have leapt ahead of the more experienced David Vaughan as back-up holding midfield player to Allen and the consistent Joe Ledley.

Major Tom

Coleman's final 23-man squad will depend on how the Wales manager splits his resources.

Will he sacrifice a defensive berth to add to his creative options further forward? Could young Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw be an outsider on the basis of some intuitive runs in his late cameo role against the Ukraine?

Though blessed with far less resources than England manager Roy Hodgson, Coleman still has some difficult decisions to make on squad shape and personnel.

The presence of Bale and Ramsey elevates Wales to dangerous opponents capable of progress from the Euro 2016 opening group stage.

But Johnny Williams and Huws have provided compelling cases for being among the supporting cast.

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