The Express & Star’s Wolves journalist Joe Edwards has claimed that Morgan Gibbs-White failed to grab his opportunity as the club played Espanyol in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 clash.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side headed into the game with a 4-0 aggregate lead, meaning that their 3-2 loss did not hamper their attempts to reach the Round of 16.
Gibbs-White has struggled for minutes this season, playing just four times in the Premier League and making just one start, though he has made four starts in the Europa League.
He lasted 64 minutes against Espanyol and Edwards, when handing out his player ratings, says that he was not impressed with his performance.
He wrote, as he handed him a rating of 4/10: “It was a big opportunity for Gibbs-White to impress, but he did not take it.
“Continuously gave the ball away, making wayward passes and needless flicks. Missed a great chance as well before being taken off.
“Needs to do a lot more.”
This can’t be the end of Gibbs-White’s chances for Wolves.
He is only 20 and has been capped at every youth level between U16 and U21 by England.
A versatile midfielder who can play as a No.10 and on the right wing, Gibbs-White is slowly being phased into the first-team and performances like this are somewhat inevitable.
Wolves obviously lost on the night but making the youngster a pariah makes little sense at this point.
He needs more chances and one has to think that he may even learn more from this performance than from a man-of-the-match display.