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In a recent interview for a book published by Express & Star, Jeff Shi revealed that Wolves wanted to firstly invest, but secondly produce a good youth academy.
One of their rising stars at the moment is Morgan Gibbs-White, a player who after winning the U17 World Cup with England, has now gone onto become a regular in Wolves’ 18-man matchday squad.
Bearing that in mind, you’d expect the creative midfielder to make more next season, especially with the prospect of Europa League football looming.
However, that may not be the case.
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One of the huge pieces of credit you have to give to Nuno Santo is the fact that he was able to keep such a balanced and consistent side last season.
He played no fewer than 21 different squad members in the top-flight last term.
Yet, despite that, Gibbs-White still wasn’t afford many starts.
The game time he will have received at the top level would have benefitted him greatly but Wolves’ potential transfer plans this summer could put him in danger.
Last week, Wolves Bite reported that the Midlands outfit were targeting a midfielder during the current transfer window – but they should put greater faith in their teenage talent.
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After all, this is an individual who shone in a late cameo against Arsenal, hitting the crossbar late on, whilst also picking up an assist against Chelsea.
The good news is that Wolves aren’t planning to send him on loan, per a tweet from Tim Spiers.
I gather that there have been a number of enquiries to take Morgan Gibbs-White on loan, but Wolves have no plans to send him out. He’ll be with the first-team again this season #wwfc
— Tim Spiers (@tim_spiers_Star) July 4, 2019
But despite that, there should be fears and concerns over his development.
At the age of 19, he still has his whole career ahead of him but his progression could be hindered if they invest in another midfielder this summer.
Because Nuno didn’t operate with a number ten in his system, Gibbs-White has already suffered from a lack of game time.
The arrival of another central player, therefore, could reduce it further. Wolves will need to tread carefully or they could waste a precious talent.