Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has reserved praise for Morgan Gibbs-White after the youngster was handed an unlikely start against Everton.
The 20-year-old was the surprise pick by the manager last night, with Adama Traore dropping out due to injury.
It looked as though Gibbs-White was set to play from the right-hand side, but it quickly became apparent that he was operating in a kind of false nine role, with Fabio Silva playing on the left and Pedro Neto on the right.
Gibbs-White didn’t play too badly considering his lack of football at Swansea City due to injury, and Nuno gave a word on him after the game.
He said (via Wolves official): “They adapted well. Morgan [Gibbs-White] did a very good game. He’s returning, I think he went over the time we predicted because he was playing well and helping the team.”
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According to Sofascore, Gibbs-White completed 24/27 passes (89% completion) and made a couple of interceptions.
Whether he did enough to start against West Brom on Saturday remains to be seen – ideally, Traore will have recovered by the weekend.
A tall order for Gibbs-White
Gibbs-White did his level best in an unfamiliar role having only just returned to the club after playing very little football in the past few months.
He was never going to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
For him to really shine, he needs to be playing with somebody ahead of him – perhaps that man should be Patrick Cutrone given Fabio Silva’s lack of experience.