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Wolves’ move for Tavernier is bad news for Gibbs-White

If the transfer window slams shut with Wolves doing no business, it will frustrate supporters.

The club have won just two of their last nine outings so arrivals need to be forthcoming. Fortunately, they have at least bolstered squad numbers by recalling Patrick Cutrone and Morgan Gibbs-White.

On the chalkboard

Gibbs-White spent the first half of the season on loan at Swansea but after playing just five games for the Championship outfit, he spent a period out injured.

It wasn’t the most profitable experience for the young attacking midfielder but it’s clear that Nuno Santo has trust in him.

He came off the bench in the club’s FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace last Friday but then started against Everton in an advanced role. Nuno will now be hoping that he can improve a lacklustre attack that has wilted since Raul Jimenez fractured his skull.

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However, just as the Englishman has returned, could he already be in trouble? Considering Gibbs-White’s Wolves career to date, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he suffered another setback.

Tavernier to the rescue

According to TEAMtalk, Wolves are one of a number of Premier League sides to have registered an interest in Middlesbrough attacker Marcus Tavernier.

The 21-year-old is a rather versatile individual and as well as having the ability to play on the flanks, can also play in a central role just behind the striker.

Therefore, Gibbs-White clearly needs to watch out, especially when the Boro star has been challenged to replicate a current England international.

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Speaking about Tavernier last summer, Neil Warnock said: “I think he’s got a few strings to his bow if I’m honest. I looked at Mason Mount the other night and how he’s come on in 12 months.

“There’s no reason why Tav can’t do that in the next 12 months if he motivates himself and listens. He’s got some great attributes and good habits. All being well we can put him in the right direction and he can become a very good player.”

You just need to assess the stats of the pairing in the Championship this season to understand why Wolves have to sign him.

In 2020/21, Tavernier has scored two goals and registered three assists, performing 1.8 shots per game. With that in mind, he’s a bigger goal threat than Gibbs-White, someone who managed one goal and only 1.4 shots a match for Swansea in comparison.

Tavernier, who earns £8k-per-week at the Riverside, is clearly a very talented player and given his age, could very quickly usurp Gibbs-White at Wolves.

After all, he’s receiving regular first-team football on a more consistent basis than his potential new teammate.

The Wolves youngster, for instance, only has 17 league starts to his name in his entire career. Tavernier has surpassed that in this season alone.

Considering Nuno loves developing new arrivals, he would be a brilliant addition. That being said, it could spell the end of the road for Gibbs-White’s progression.

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