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.

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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.”

 

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.

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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.

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