Tim Spiers gives take on Gibbs-White and possible formation change at Wolves
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Tim Spiers gives take on Gibbs-White and possible formation change at Wolves

Tim Spiers has stated Wolves keeping Morgan Gibbs-White doesn’t necessarily mean Wolves will change their formation for next season.

The journalist appeared on Talking Wolves’ End of Season podcast to speak on a variety of topics and players.

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Gibbs-White’s name cropped up a few times, and someone sent in the question ‘If Morgan Gibbs-White is staying next season, does that give insight into a potential formation change?’

The notion of a formation change is something that is a constant talking point amongst Wolves fans.

A back three with wing-backs has long been the system of choice at Molineux, and was first rolled out by Nuno Espirito Santo to great success.

Bruno Lage arrived at the club last summer and some thought he might have switched things up to a back four with traditional full-backs. That was the system he used at Benfica.

But he stuck with Nuno’s system, and has had mixed results.

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Gibbs-White is someone quite a few Wolves fans really want to see become a starter next season.

Responding to the question, Spiers said (1:08:24): “I’ve watched him a couple of times for Sheffield United drifting in from the right. He’s got a decent left foot on him. So not necessarily (a potential formation change away from a 3-5-2/3-4-3).

“If Gibbs-White were to stay, from what I’ve been told, it’s not Gibbs-White or Trincao, but it (him staying) does have an impact because like I said, they’ve already got a number of good players in those positions.”

Morgan Gibbs-White needs regular role for Wolves regardless of the formation

Supposedly, Lage wants to use two different formations next season for tactical flexibility.

Whatever the system is though, Gibbs-White needs to be getting regular game time for Wolves in 2022/23.

He has had a tremendous seasons with Sheffield United and has done some serious developing.

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He could potentially play as a number 10 in a 4-2-3-1, or on the right of a midfield three in 5-3-2 and pulling out wide at times, as Leander Dendoncker has been doing.

Hopefully, Lage and the Wolves officials can convince him to stay, as his versatility could be very handy next season.