Since his Wolves debut over four years ago, an impressive cameo from the club’s most celebrated academy product of the past decade has encouraged some that he may still have a future at Molineux.
Morgan Gibbs-White, 21, started Wolves’ counter-attack against Fulham to get the last-gasp winner in their 1-0 victory over the Cottagers last Friday.
It has been a difficult couple of years for the playmaker, both on and off the pitch for Wolves where he has been unable to convince manager Nuno Espírito Santo to offer him a regular starting role in the team.
So much so, the English youngster was loaned out to Swansea City at the beginning of the season where he impressed, scoring on his debut against Preston North End, but he was recalled in January due to Wolves’ mounting injury problems.
Described as a “wonderfully talented” player by former England international striker and MOTD presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter in December 2018, Gibbs-White has struggled to make an impact at Wolves since his recall, and it did come as a surprise when the attacking midfielder came off the bench against Fulham, with the game delicately poised at 0-0 with 20 minutes to go.
In addition to his role in the goal, the midfielder completed 86% of his passes, according to WhoScored.
Even more significantly, Gibbs-White was chosen ahead of Vítinha, which bears considerable weight given the on-loan Porto-man’s impressive displays for Portugal in the U21 European Championships over the international break.
The two young playmakers, who bolster similar characteristics, may be going neck-and-neck for a place in the Wolves team next season.
It appears Gibbs-White is now in the driving seat. With games coming up against strugglers Sheffield United and West Brom, it offers him the perfect platform to build on, especially with Pedro Neto out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
With just seven games to go and twelve points adrift of the drop, Nuno may be looking ahead to the future in the remaining fixtures. It may be Gibbs-White’s last chance to prove that he should be a part of it.