Wolves youngster Morgan Gibbs-White has said that he is comfortable with playing in a variety of positions if needed, but has specified his favourite role in the team.
The 19-year-old told the club website wolves.co.uk that he prefers to play as an advanced or box-to-box midfielder, but he also believes himself to be “a versatile player” who “can play in different positions“.
Gibbs-White added that he was happy to play in a forward role during Wolves’ pre-season Asian tour, saying that he “was never going to turn down an opportunity to play” even if it meant shifting from his favoured position. [via wolves.co.uk]
Gibbs-White may only be 19 but he has already amassed 58 first-team appearances for Wolves and played in a multitude of positions on the pitch.
According to TransferMarkt.co.uk, he is predominantly a central midfielder, with exactly half (29) of his first-team games coming in this role.
He also has a bit of experience as an attacking midfielder though, playing in that position 14 times and scoring his only senior goal for the club when deployed there. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
In addition, the teenager has played twice as a centre-forward and twice as a second striker, as well as solitary appearances as a left-sided midfielder and left winger. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Gibbs-White’s profile on WhoScored.com notes through balls and key passes among his strengths and ball distribution appears to be one of his strongest suits, with his 90.2% passing accuracy this season by far the highest of any Wolves player.
Despite being just 5 ft 8 (1.71m) in height, he is adept at winning possession in the air, with his match average of three successful duels inferior only to centre-backs Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett in the Wolves squad so far this term. [via WhoScored.com]
Also, with no interceptions to his name, with only 0.2 tackles per game last season and having yet to win a tackle so far in the league in 2019/20, he is not highly proficient at breaking up opposition attacks.
While Gibbs-White might improve his goals and assists figures if he played as a forward more often, right-back Matt Doherty scored eight times last season alone while Boly contributed four goals from centre-back, hinting that the teenager isn’t a natural goalscorer.
He could struggle as a defensive midfielder given his mediocre tackling and interception statistics, but his ability to win aerial challenges and routinely pick out a team-mate indicates that he would operate most effectively as a ball-playing central midfielder.
Given that the teenager has played most frequently in that role so far in his career, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo seems to agree that it is Gibbs-White’s strongest position.
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