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Wolves: Darren Bent believes that clubs will be ‘sniffing around’ Morgan Gibbs-White

Wolves: Darren Bent believes that clubs will be ‘sniffing around’ Morgan Gibbs-White

Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White is likely to attract interest from other clubs and the club could face a battle to keep him.

That’s according to former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, who was speaking to Football Insider about the 19-year-old.

Bent feels that the teenager was impressive for Wolves last season and expects other clubs to be plotting a transfer raid for Gibbs-White, who he thinks the club will be desperately trying to keep.

The former England striker told Football Insider: “I like him. He impressed me last season and I expected him to kick on this season. It’s tough to get youngsters in; it’s hard. You think to yourself: ‘When are you going to get youngsters in?’

“I think they [other clubs] will be sniffing around him now. Wolves will be desperate to hang on to him because he’s a good youngster and they can’t be seen as letting young kids leave.”

Bent’s assertion that Wolves will be “desperate” to retain the services of Gibbs-White has not been reflected in the amount of gametime that he has been given in recent months.

While the teenager made 31 appearances for Wolves last season, only nine of those were in the starting line-up (five Premier League, two FA Cup, two Carabao Cup).

He had a total of 1,028 minutes of gametime last season, and with Wolves’ 46 matches totalling 4,170 minutes, he was on the field for only 24.65% of that time.

Coming into this week’s Carabao Cup meeting with Reading, Gibbs-White has featured in only six of Wolves’ 13 games so far this season, starting four times and playing for 362 minutes out of the club’s total of 1,170 (30.94% of total).

Although his proportion of gametime has increased slightly from 2018/19, that he has started only four of 13 matches doesn’t suggest that Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo views him as a key player at the club.

While Bent may have been impressed by Gibbs-White’s performances for Wolves, the youngster has struggled to make an impact on games when he has been given gametime.

Last season, he didn’t score and only provided a solitary assist. He has at least found the net this term, scoring his first senior goal for Wolves in the 4-0 home win over FC Pyunik in Europa League qualifying.

The midfielder has improved in some respects this season compared to last – his aerial duels per game average has increased to 1.5 from 0.5, he is averaging more passes per game (26.5 to 12.2) and has a higher key passes per game average (1.5 to 0.4). [via WhoScored.com]

However, his passing accuracy has regressed slightly (83% from 83.9%) and he has yet to win a tackle in the Premier League this season. [via WhoScored.com]

Gibbs-White is showing some signs of improvement but has yet to truly establish himself at Wolves, so perhaps the club might not be as desperate to keep a hold of him as Bent thinks if indeed the midfielder has prospective suitors.

Wolves fans, what do you make of Bent’s comments? Do you think the club would (or should) let Gibbs-White go if other sides made a decent offer for him? Comment below with your views!

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