Wolverhampton Wanderers are holding a firm stance with regards to interest in one of their young stars…
He goes on to quote Bruno Lage’s response to Forest’s interest: “He’s an important player for me, my dynamic and the future. He feels important, he is happy.”
Wolves had rejected a bid in the region of £30m, although Steve Cooper remains interested in the 22-year-old.
A player in high demand, Lage seems intent on keeping Gibbs-White around. This could suggest that the midfielder is in for a run in the first team at last, finally graduating from being a youngster afforded mere scraps of game-time.
The “sensational” 22-year-old – as hailed by journalist Josh Bunting – was at the heart of a Blades team which lost out to Forest, who coincidentally now want to sign the starlet.
Last season he scored ten goals and set up a further eight from just behind the striker, and perhaps Lage is planning a slight formation tweak to see his conservative team turn the defensive midfield position into an attacking midfield role for the Englishman.
Labelled a Blades “hero” by Sheffield-based journalist Chris Holt just a month into last season’s loan spell, Gibbs-White clearly enamoured himself to the Bramall Lane faithful. If given a run and some much-needed confidence in the Old Gold’s midfield, the 22-year-old could quickly become a hero at Molineux as well.
This is all dependent on the manager giving Gibbs-White regular game-time, which many would argue he has more than earned with his performances in Sheffield.
Lage did select the 22-year-old in his starting line-up against Leeds today, with the youngster delivering a performance which was dubbed “superb” by The Mirror’s Ben Husband as he featured for the full match.
If Gibbs-White earns the continued trust of his manager and keeps delivering “superb” performances, it could be a scary prospect for the rest of the Premier League this season.