The current EFL Championship leader, Wolves have just rewarded one of their academy products, Morgan Gibbs-White with a new long-term contract extending the current one well beyond this season.
Gibbs-White turned 18 a couple of days back and turned off interests from Liverpool by signing the new deal. He made his debut as a substitute in the sides 2-0 win over Stoke City for the FA Cup Third Round match last January. A central midfielder by trade and a quite a good one as he went on to display his talents for the England U17 side which won the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup beating Spain 5-2 in the finals.
The teenager featured in the recent defeat against Nottingham Forest, but that is his only league appearance of the campaign to date, though he did feature in both FA Cup ties with Swansea City earlier this month.
The midfield ace has been pegged to be a future star and is a huge part of the Wanderers future. Currently, the side is cruising through the Championship having broken away from the pack with a 9-point lead at the top. They are preparing a fight in the Premier League next season and are working beforehand to bolster the squad ranks.
The Wanderers have already signed Rafael Mir from Valencia B on a four-and-a-half year deal and are scouring the market for further additions. Nuno Espirito Santo prefers to field his men in the 3-4-3 formation and the midfield position often sees Alfred N’Diaye, Romain Saiss and Ruben Neves get fielded there. Gibbs-White might be way down in the pecking order but should not be demotivated by the current climate.
The leap to the Premier league is huge and teams are challenged tremendously in terms of squad depth. The entire pace of top-flight English football is hard to match up with just a selected starting XI squad. And currently the Wanderers might be out of the FA Cup and the EFL League Cup but next season will be looking eagerly to finish strongly in the domestic cups.
Judging by the season Newcastle United are having and clear frustration that has taken shape on Rafael Benitez’s face due to the lack of further additions will give you a clear picture of what it takes to compete against the elite.
Gibbs-White will have to fight for his spot in the first team and still has a significant amount of time to develop with the Wolves U23 side. The years are on his side and looks like a promising figure in the Wolves ranks.