After an exceptional season on loan with Sheffield United in the Championship, which saw him named their player of the season after contributing 12 goals and ten assists in the second tier, Gibbs-White’s stock was extremely high.
Forest would eventually win the race to sign the young midfielder in a deal worth £42.5m, which considering his less-than-impressive performances in the Premier League this season, looks to have been a masterclass by chairman Jeff Shi.
The England U21 international had never really cut it in the top flight with Wolves, with just one goal and one assist in 45 Premier League appearances prior to his Forest move, so it was definitely a gamble on Forest’s part.
That risk is certainly yet to pay off, as the 22-year-old has averaged a disappointing 6.52 rating from WhoScored for his performances this season, with no goals and just two assists to his name.
Like Forest, Wolves are struggling towards the bottom of the table this term after some dreadful performances, but Gibbs-White’s displays would rank him as the 12th-best player in the Old Gold’s squad.
If it wasn’t clear already that Wolves were the winners of this transfer, it became so on Saturday, as Gibbs-White struggled to have any real impact as Steve Cooper’s side lost 1-0 at Molineux.
The midfielder would complete just 20/27 passes, which was only five more than Forest ‘keeper Dean Henderson, which emphasises how little he saw of the ball.
When he did have possession, he often wasted it, losing the ball on 17 occasions during the 90 minutes, which was the joint-most of any Forest player.
The Englishman also completed just two of his seven attempted crosses and won three of his nine duels during the game, as he looked way off the pace at his former club.
While Gibbs-White undoubtedly has potential, his performances this season suggest that Bruno Lage and Fosun did extremely well to sell him for as much as they did, especially when you consider his market value has dropped by a staggering £20m since that summer move.