This article is part of Football FanCast’s One to Watch series, which focuses on those players we think are particularly worth keeping an eagle-eye on as the 2019/20 season unfolds.
Morgan Gibbs-White is one of Wolves’ most exciting talents and he’s a player who has already shown signs that he could be a future regular in the starting XI under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Gibbs-White has come through the ranks at Wolves and earned more game time with each passing season.
Having started out by making a handful of cameo appearances in the Championship, he’s since impressed on a handful of appearances in the top flight.
The English midfielder is capable of playing in a variety of midfield roles, but his skill favours a slightly more advanced or dynamic box-to-box role.
Gibbs-White has in fact seen his opportunities perpetually increase, playing seven Championship games in 2016/17, before turning out 13 times the following season, and a further 26 times in the most recent Premier League campaign.
One performance to remember came against Tottenham Hotspur as the midfielder joined the party from the bench, but unfortunately it wasn’t his side who were enjoying the game.
Wolves trailed 3-0 but the hosts, inspired by Gibbs-White’s infectious impact from the substitutes bench, notched two goals in response as their valiant effort to overturn the deficit narrowly fell short.
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The 19-year-old could really be looking to push for a starting role as the season goes on.
Not only is he a year older and wiser with some Premier League experience under his belt, but the Europa League campaign is bound to put an added strain on the squad, making squad rotation a necessity rather than a preference this season.
After an impressive 7th place finish last time out, there will also be an expectation for the squad to build on their progress. Reaching the FA Cup semi-final and finishing inside a Europa League spot were two incredible achievements for Wolves, but they’ll want to go one further this season.
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Breaking into the first XI on a semi-regular or even regular basis would represent a successful season.
Wolves have some quality central midfielders in the form of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker, so it will be no easy task for him to secure a place in Nuno’s midfield.
He’s got the quality to do it and also to get regular game time in the England U21s as well.
Wolves fans will surely be hoping he can establish himself as a comfortable replacement for the starting midfielders, being trusted by his manager to play domestically and in Europe when others are injured or in need of rotating.
If he can cement a role in the squad in this way, he’ll have built on last season and his growth will be continuing as hoped.
Gibbs-White should target (all competitions):