According to Italian journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, Everton remain interested in Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White this summer despite being knocked back in the original bid.
Romano tweeted: “Everton are still pushing to sign Morgan Gibbs-White after opening bid turned down by Wolves – Lampard, big fan.”
If Romano’s claim that Frank Lampard is a big fan of the player is true, then he will surely love to see the player join the ranks at Goodison Park and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Toffees boss is keen on Gibbs-White.
The Wolves midfielder, just like Lampard, dominates the centre of the pitch in order to get into space and create goal-scoring opportunities, while he is also confident in taking those chances for himself – something he proved to excel in whilst on a season-long loan at Sheffield United last season.
Over 35 Championship appearances, Gibbs-White scored 11 goals, delivered nine assists and created a whopping 16 big chances, as well as made an average of 1.6 key passes, took 2.4 shots and won 4.9 duels per game – proving that he is an absolute nuisance for his opponents in the heart of his team.
The £30m midfielder’s positive impact and impressive influence on the Blades didn’t go unnoticed, as he was named Player of the Year for Sheffield United and has received high praise from his team mates too.
David McGoldrick struck up a fantastic attacking partnership with the young talent over last season, and claimed his former teammate has “the world at his feet” in an interview following a victory over Cardiff last season (via Sheffield United News):
“Yeah he’s got the world at his feet. You know, great kid, great player. He’s got all the ability in the world. He just needs to play games and he’s doing that here. He’s expressing himself, got the license and free spirit to go out there.”
Game time is certainly something that Gibbs-White struggles with at Wolves, averaging just 33 minutes per appearance for the Old Gold, and Everton could give the player a golden opportunity to become a starter at Goodison Park to take the next step in his career in the Premier League.
With that being said, the signing of Gibbs-White would be a great piece of business for Farhad Moshiri and, if he can emulate the form he displayed at Sheffield United, it could put Everton in a good position to improve their performances in the top flight.