Yesterday morning Wolves played out a very feisty friendly with Spanish side Levante.

Wanderers were back at their training camp, having took on Deportivo Alaves the night before.

Bruno Lage made a host of changes to the starting XI as expected, and Morgan Gibbs-White was handed the captain’s armband.

Levante v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Behind Closed Doors Pre-Season Friendly
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That was something of a surprise, given both Leander Dendoncker and Daniel Podence were starting.

The duo are established first-team players and might have been the favourites to lead the team.

But Lage named Gibbs-White as his skipper, perhaps in a bid to show the 22-year-old how highly he regards him.

And it became apparent after that first-half that Gibbs-White is very much a leader.

Tackles were flying in from the off from the Levante players.

Just before half-time, a strong challenge went in on Yerson Mosquera, who reacted angrily.

Levante v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Behind Closed Doors Pre-Season Friendly
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He had already been challenged a couple of times, and the Colombian youngster did not appreciate this latest one from Enis Bardhi.

As Mosquera squared up to Bardhi and another Levante player, Gibbs-White raced over to the scuffle to his teammate. He barged one of the Levante players, who was making a beeline for Mosquera, out of the way, before ushering the Wolves defender away.

Minutes later, another scuffle broke out after Daniel Podence had got caught in a tangle.

Podence was outnumbered, with Gibbs-White absolutely sprinting over to break things up once again. Leander Dendoncker also hurried over and deserves credit.

It was a great to see from Gibbs-White, and it is a clear suggestion that he is now a much more mature player who has leadership qualities.

Gibbs-White has developed in so many ways since this time last year, Wolves simply must keep him

Gibbs-White was a credit to Wolves yesterday with how he acted during a very heated situation.

Things were threatening to spill over, and it’s possible Mosquera and/or Podence could have gotten hurt in the melees.

Gibbs-White racing over to defend his teammates showed that he is a real leader.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Pre-Season Training Session
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Clearly, his hasn’t just developed his actual football skills during his time away from Wolves.

He has grown as a person, and Wolves simply cannot lose him this summer, amid ongoing transfer speculation. Wanderers are said to be value him at around £30 million.

But Wanderers have already lost three leaders in John Ruddy, Fernando Marcal and Romain Saiss. It would be a massive shame if Gibbs-White ultimately departed, because it seems he is another leader emerging.

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