Bruno Lage hasn’t had much to shout out about since becoming the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
His side have recorded just one victory from five league matches and they are now out of the Carabao Cup as well after a penalty shoot-out defeat.
Lage has been quick to hint that his squad is too small this season, and in loaning out 20 players from the first-team and academy, you can see where his frustrations are coming from.
One of those to be sent for a temporary stint elsewhere is Morgan Gibbs-White. The attacking midfielder was handed a new contract at the end of August but then joined Sheffield United in a bid to improve his experience.
This marks the 21-year-old’s second loan spell in as many seasons after he played for Swansea in the Championship last term.
Gibbs-White has made a vibrant start to his life in Yorkshire, and according to Football League World, Wolves are now monitoring him closely and are weighing up whether to recall him in January.
The simple message to Wolves should be to leave the youngster alone.
Gibbs-White has been handed an excellent opportunity to shine for a team who should be vying for promotion this season and for a club which has an excellent heritage when it comes to young players.
He endured an injury-hit spell at Swansea last season but once he returned to full fitness in January, Wolves recalled him to Molineux.
The issue was that Nuno Santo very rarely handed him any first-team opportunities. After returning to the Midlands, the youngster started just four of 20 Premier League matches for which he was available.
There were cameos from the bench and he did at least find the net with an important goal against Brighton.
However, it was sad to see his opportunities restricted once more at Wolves. His lack of football down the years has been confusing given his enormous potential and the club’s small squad.
Had he been left to his own devices at Swansea and given another half-season to thrive in Wales, Gibbs-White may have been ready for more first-team football in the top-flight this term.
Given the lightning-quick start he’s made to his career at Bramall Lane, they should leave him alone this January. The vibrant prodigy has found the net on two occasions and also registered two assists in his opening three matches for the Blades.
If given a chance, those numbers could rack up quite considerably this season. Wolves definitely need more senior options in their ranks, but as Nuno proved in 2020/21, it can be a mistake to cut a loan spell short.