This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
It’s been no secret that Wolves owners Fosun are trying to build something special in the west Midlands – and that derives from the bottom up, not least because of their rapid rise over the past two years.
In that time, they’ve signed several big-name stars such as Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio, and Patrick Cutrone.
They also won the Championship title and then clinched Europa League qualification the very next season.
That’s all extraordinary and magnificent, but one key factor has been lacking for far too long.
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It’s time to start developing from within, Fosun even knows it too after investing a lot of money in the youth setup this year.
Morgan Gibbs-White is living proof that a functioning yet talented academy can bear fruit, he made his first appearance for the club aged 16 in the FA Cup back in 2017.
You could even look down the road at West Brom if you wanted the perfect blueprint.
Therefore, it seems appropriate to take a look at one name Nuno Santo could call upon as the season trundles on.
Given their advance into the Carabao Cup fourth round, Wolves are pretty much going to be playing two games per week for the foreseeable future – thus their squad will be tested to its absolute limits in terms of fitness.
But with Gibbs-White’s debut and a cup competition, there’s a key similarity.
Taylor Perry made his maiden bow for the club last week, coming on as a substitute against Reading in the Carabao Cup.
He was introduced early on due to an injury to a fellow debutant in Bruno Jordao.
According to SofaScore, the 18-year-old registered 76% passing accuracy and managed to put in two tackles, one interception, and one clearance.
That isn’t bad at all for a young kid making his first appearance for his local club, at Molineux too.
Taylor hails from just six miles away in Kingswinford and talked up his boss following continued involvement in the senior setup by saying: “Nuno’s a great manager, so it’s great to learn from a manager like him. Training under him, you can progress and make yourself a better player.”
The Portuguese native has transformed Adama Traore this season and has improved Gibbs-White’s potential by exposing him to games more regularly – the young midfielder has made eight appearances already this season.
So, he should now put some faith in Perry as the season continues on; Wolves’ squad depth will undoubtedly be tested and they could do far worse than handing minutes to young players.