Latest blow for “sensational” £30k-p/w ace may be final sucker-punch to Wolves career – opinion

October 24, 2020

It is easy to forget that Wolves starlet Morgan Gibbs-White is only 20 years old.

He made his Wolf Pack debut back in 2017 – aged just 16 – when he came on as a substitute during their 2-0 victory over Stoke City in the FA Cup, and it was only the following month in which he made his maiden league bow.

The England U21 international has gone on to play a whopping 70 times for the Midlands outfit since but during the past 18 months, he has found it hard to cement his place under Nuno Santo.

His actions during lockdown probably didn’t help things either after he was fined and disciplined for breaking rules to attend a party back in May.

The 20-year-old signed a new three-year deal in the summer, which signals some sort of future intent, but was loaned out to Championship side Swansea City for a season-long loan.

He looked not only rejuvenated but also like the sort of player he had been touted as from a young age – Gary Lineker once tipped him for an England call-up two years ago whilst Danny Murphy has previously lauded him as “sensational.”

Usually at Molineux, once you’re out the door on loan, you’re finished. Nuno is never one to utilise the system to produce youngsters for the first-team set-up, they’re usually in from day one.

Gibbs-White picked up his first assist in nearly two years, a shock for a creative influence, and has also bagged for the Swans but now he faces his toughest test yet having suffered a devastating injury blow.

It could be a cruel sucker-punch to his Wolves prospects as he’s set to miss the next three months at least. A fractured foot isn’t the easiest to come back from considering a footballer’s trade is built upon that very limb.

Nuno clearly has a soft spot for the homegrown sensation but now he’s without a consistent flow of games to excel, thrive and prove his worth, time could well be running out to salvage his Wolves career.

The Athletic’s Tim Spiers described his display against Millwall in glowing light, he said: “He’s got his arm in the air more than a world semaphore champion, constantly demanding the ball, be it from the keeper, the defence or his fellow attackers. He comes deep to collect possession but also makes those positive, darting runs between the lines that would, dare it be suggested, be something his parent club would richly benefit from.”

Only time will tell if the £30k-per-week prospect can come back from yet another annoying setback in his Molineux career.

AND in other news, Premature exit of £6.4m talent haunts Fosun’s long-term vision

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