Name: Morgan Gibbs-White
Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Date of Birth: 27 January 2000
Position: Midfielder (Centre/ Attacking)
Morgan Gibbs-White – his career so far
Morgan Gibbs-White has been a part of the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ academy ever since he was only eight years of age, progressing through all of the levels and impressing with his great performances along the way. The now 20-year-old versatile midfielder is now already a fully-fledged senior team player but he is still very much at the very beginning of his young career.
It didn’t really take long for the upper hierarchy at Wolves to recognise the incredible talent they have on their hands and after forming a clear picture of Gibbs-White in the youth system, he was quickly progressed into the development squads.
But interestingly enough, such was the extent of his potential that he was handed his senior team debut when he was only 16 years of age, in a 2–0 win over Premier League side Stoke City in the FA Cup 3rd round in January 2017.
Still, he would have to wait for a bit longer before actually becoming an official and regular first-team member but that moment was already a big indication of the great things that would soon follow. Gibbs-White would first play a total of 17 games for the U23 squad, scoring twice and assisting further five goals on the side as well.
After helping England win the U17 FIFA World Cup, bagging goals in the quarter-final and even the grand final against the United States and Spain respectively, he caught the eye of Nuno Espirito Santo and forced his way into the team in 2017/18.
That season, he would record 15 appearances for the seniors, repaying the trust that was put into him by his coach. And it’s safe to say that the youngster hasn’t looked back ever since, going from strength to strength and getting better with each passing day.
So far, he can boast with a total of 67 appearances for Wolves’ first-team, scoring and assisting one goal in the process as well. He signed a new deal in January 2018, committing the next four-and-a-half seasons to the club.
Gibbs-White’s 2019/20 season has been mostly hampered with injuries and that might have played a part in there not being as many transfer news or transfer rumours surrounding the young talent. But that was certainly not the case last summer.
Some transfer rumours were suggesting the midfielder has been on the radar of Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea but that Wolves were also working on a new contract that would secure his stay at the club.
So far, no Wolves news has emerged on that front ever since and we’re still waiting for his contract situation to be resolved. Of course, with all the recent developments in the outside world affecting football as a whole, it doesn’t surprise that things are moving rather slowly.
Gibbs-White is a highly creative midfielder who can cover a lot of ground and plug holes across the pitch when necessary. It’s his versatility that allows him to be deployed higher and deeper depending on the team’s need in specific circumstances.
But he does work really well when he’s actually allowed the freedom to progress the ball and use his high technical abilities to influence play. He excels in quick one-touch passes and moves the ball across the ground quickly.
He can also recognise and exploit space well, often carrying the ball in his feet as he glides past his markers and gets closer to the opposition’s goal. Apart from a good dribble, he also seems quite proficient at set-pieces and when crossing the ball into the box.
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