Wolverhampton Wanderers loaned out Morgan Gibbs-White to Sheffield United on transfer deadline day.
It was not a universally popular decision at the time.
Especially given the fact that Wolves did not bring in another midfielder.
There were some people who felt Gibbs-White could have contributed for the Wolves first-team this season.
After all, he did finish 2020/21 strongly and looked very sharp in pre-season.
But the decision was made, and Gibbs-White has started well at Bramall Lane, already scoring twice for his new side.
The loan move could well the making of Gibbs-White, who has never really had regular minutes before.
He has never played more than five games in a row, so this is an opportunity for him.
It’ll be interesting to see where we’re at come next year, but it’s certainly been a very positive start.
And one thing Wolves did before sanctioning his move may well prove to be a great decision.
Before he headed out, Wolves were able to tie Gibbs-White down to a new contract at Molineux.
He’s now contracted to the club until 2024, meaning the club have the potential to make a decent amount of money on him should they so wish in the future.
Wolves have protected Gibbs-White’s value
Getting Gibbs-White to extend was important.
Should he really shine this season with Sheffield United, there’s a good chance the Blades will want to sign him. And other teams, potentially.
Wolves may well see him as someone who can have a first-team impact.
But if they didn’t, then they would at least be able to command good compensation for him.
The new deal he signed will potentially help Wolves to secure a better transfer fee.