Bruno Lage said last week that he wanted a number of ‘top players’ through the door on deadline day.

But now the transfer window has slammed shut, his squad is actually thinner than it was then.

The most notable deadline day departure was Morgan Gibbs-White. Earlier this month, Lage called him a ‘main player’ in the squad.

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Now, he’s on loan at Sheffield United for the season ahead and it would be understandable if that decision had some Wolves fans scratching their heads.

Scott Sellars tried to explain it in comments to the club website, saying: “Morgan’s still a young player, with a big future.

“We’ve extended his contract because we want him to stay, we see him having a long-term future at Wolves, but at the moment we feel a loan move is the best option for him.

“This is a great move for Morgan’s development. He’s not had too many minutes in recent years, so this is an opportunity to play every week and grow as a player in the Championship, at a good club.

 

“He proved in the games he had at Swansea last year that he has quality. In the games I saw, and the data proved that he was going to be a top player in the Championship, so we think this move can really benefit Morgan again.”

If Gibbs-White plays regularly, getting confidence, goals and assists from his loan spell, it could be deemed a success.

But Wolves need more midfield depth and he has been around the squad throughout pre-season and into the campaign proper.

He could have played a part in the Premier League this term, and midfield injuries would be a real worry this season.

It’s fair to say the jury is out on this deal, letting Gibbs-White leave without securing a replacement.

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