Wolverhampton Wanderers fans expected one or two first-team incomings on transfer deadline day.

They instead watched one player leave on loan.

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Morgan Gibbs-White (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Morgan Gibbs-White has officially departed Molineux on a temporary basis – as he did this time last year – to join Sheffield United in the Championship.

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The midfielder did get linked with Bournemouth, but in the end became a Blade and will work under Slavisa Jokanovic this term.

Obviously, it is important for players his age to be getting as many minutes as possible.

It is a crucial stage in any youngster’s development.

But Wolves have taken a huge risk sanctioning this move.

It would have been OK had someone come in in his place. A Renato Sanches, for example. Or even a Hamza Choudhury, who was at one point mentioned as a possible alternative to the Portuguese star.

Gibbs-White being allowed to leave on loan, and then that being that for the day, is just a bizarre decision. And it’s one that could leave egg all over Fosun’s face.

 

Gibbs-White could have come in handy for Wolves

Bruno Lage’s current squad is seriously on the small side.

Senior Central midfield options are particularly scarce – only Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker and an ageing Joao Moutinho are available to the new manager.

Lage could well turn to U23s stars Luke Cundle or Taylor Perry, but Gibbs-White just had that extra experience being a couple of years older.

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Morgan Gibbs-White (Photo by Wolverhampton Wanderers FC/Wolves via Getty Images)

He had also finished last season in good form, and was looking sharp in pre-season.

If that wasn’t enough, look at the way he took his goal against Nottingham Forest last week. His general performance was also very good.

Surely the right call yesterday would have been to stall the Gibbs-White loan deal and then, upon realising no one would be coming in, block it entirely.

Now Wolves are one or two injuries away from a potential struggle.

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