There aren’t many bones to pick in Wolves’ first campaign back in the Premier League. They’ve looked sturdy at the back and have a regular goalscorer in Raul Jimenez.
You may also think they have creativity in abundance, but that would be the wrong assumption, particularly away from home.
Wolves’ next game sees them take on Burnley at Turf Moor, a ground which has traditionally been tough to go. Nuno Santo’s men will, therefore, have to conjure up a different plan if they’re to end their problems on the road. The solution to that is Morgan Gibbs-White.
Wolves have failed to win in each of their last three matches away from Molineux. Albeit one was an impressive draw with Chelsea, but there should be alarm bells over the performances against Huddersfield and Bournemouth.
Against the Terriers, they suffered a dismal 1-0 defeat, whilst it took a Jimenez penalty late on to secure a 1-1 draw with the latter. It’s form that has summed up their inconsistent nature away from home, winning, drawing and losing five matches apiece, and right now, it’s the biggest problem Santo needs to fix.
In those two games, Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker completed just one key pass between the pair of them. Although Joao Moutinho has been supplying chances regularly, claiming seven assists this campaign, the burden can’t solely be put on one player.
Against a Burnley side who will unlikely open up very much, this would be an issue. But, if Santo were to sacrifice the defensive-minded Dendoncker with an attacking player in Gibbs-White it would be hugely beneficial for the Midlands club.
The youngster hasn’t received too much game time this term, featuring off the bench 17 times. However, Wolves need to make an exception and play him from the start on Saturday. They will need all the creativity they can get to break down Burnley who are fighting for their lives to avoid relegation.
Gibbs-White would be able to help his side by getting between the lines more, picking up spaces in what might be a compact affair in the middle of the pitch.
His ability to run with the ball in tight spaces and pick a pass is something they’ve missed in some away matches, with the club scoring just 16 in 15 matches on their travels.
One of the 19-year-old’s four Premier League starts this season came in a win against Chelsea, claiming an assist playing just behind the strikers which provides evidence of what he can do in the role. If Wolves are to improve their away form and make their lives easier at Turf Moor, they must revert to this system.