Gibbs-White had struggled on his rare opportunities in the Wolves first team, contributing just three goals and one assist in 88 appearances but starred on loan at Sheffield United last season and was expected to be a big part of Lage’s side this season.
The 22-year-old managed 12 goals and ten assists on loan with the Blades, winning their Player of the Season award as they finished in the playoffs, which led to a huge amount of Premier League interest over the summer.
In the end, Nottingham Forest would win the race to sign Gibbs-White, in a deal which could reach £42.5m, which represents excellent business by the Old Gold considering he had never really performed in the Premier League before.
While Matheus Nunes arrived at the club as the Englishman’s replacement, Lage could find a long-term heir to Gibbs-White in the Wolves academy, as Campbell continues to star as an attacking midfielder in the youth sides.
The 19-year-old has made just three senior appearances for Wolves in his career but contributed an impressive nine goals and nine assists in 19 Premier League 2 appearances last season.
Wolves U23 boss James Collins was full of praise for Campbell’s ability and attitude when he made his Premier League debut against Newcastle United last season.
“He’s matured as a man and that has really been a pleasure to see. He’s always been a very talented boy, but sometimes it takes the really talented boys time to realise that it’s not just talent that gets you through.”
Like Gibbs-White, Campbell is very versatile and has featured in numerous positions in midfield and attack during his time in Wolves’ academy, while his ability in front of goal could be useful this season considering the Old Gold’s attacking woes, with just three goals in their opening six Premier league fixtures.
If Campbell continues to perform at Compton Park this season, with one goal and one assist in the opening three Premier League 2 games, then perhaps Lage will give him more first-team opportunities, in the hope that he can develop into another valuable asset from the Wolves academy in the same vein as Gibbs-White.