Performance in Numbers: Gibbs-White shows why Nuno can’t ignore him any longer

For many reasons, Morgan Gibbs-White has had a fabulous first season in the top-flight. To those who watched him at the U17 World Cup two years ago, it won’t come as a surprise.

During that tournament, he was a major player for Steve Cooper’s side, even scoring in the final.

However, despite impressing at senior level since, he’s not been afforded the game time to take his game to the next level.

Wolves rarely had any injuries this season whilst Nuno Santo seemed keen to favour a familiar line-up each week.

As a result, Gibbs-White started just five times in the Premier League. For a player with so much promise, it’s an alarming statistic.

If he is to continue to progress then Nuno can’t afford to ignore him again next term, especially if you consider the player’s returns from his five starts in 2018/19.

In those games, he featured three times as an attacking midfielder whilst playing the other two from a deeper position in midfield.

He’s better in an advanced role and that was evident from his first start. Against Chelsea last December he was exceptional, turning in a performance way above his age.

It’s remarkable, therefore, that he’s only gone on to start a further four games.

Joao Moutinho was Wolves’ main creative hub this season but had the club played Gibbs-White on a more regular basis, you sense even more chances could have been created.

Against teams that like to sit in, it’s an attribute that would have been extremely beneficial.

Considering he started just a handful of times, he’s been incredibly consistent. Completing eight key passes in that time is a tremendous insight into the type of player he is, whilst five long balls further demonstrates his vision and quality to pick out a teammate.

Rather surprisingly, he was also prominent in terms of aerial duels won. Standing at 5 ft 10, he isn’t the tallest of individuals but that doesn’t appear to have mattered.

Coupled with his technical ability, his willingness to get stuck in makes him perfect for the Premier League.

With that in mind, he needs to play a far greater role next season, regardless of the strength of Wolves’ midfield. Nuno cannot ignore him any longer.

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