When Morgan Gibbs-White stayed put at Sheffield United in January, many regarded it as one of the best pieces of business the Blades could have done.
The Wolves loanee has been outstanding all season. On Saturday against Swansea, he delivered arguably his best display in red and white as he helped himself to two goals and an assist. On another day, he’d have helped himself to a hat-trick as well.
But while United fans might have been worried last month, Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that losing Gibbs-White was never really an option. And in the main, that was down to the player himself demanding to remain at Bramall Lane.
“Why wouldn’t Wolves want to keep a player like Morgan? Regardless of him playing or not, I put myself in their manager’s position and I’d want Morgan around the group. But Morgan was adamant he wanted to be here. Adamant we were the place for him and adamant he wanted to be involved,” Heckingbottom told The Athletic.
“He really played a part in coming back.”
Gibbs-White will no doubt be looking to build on this performance when United face Blackburn tomorrow. A win for the Blades could see them rise to fourth in the Championship.
Our View: Gibbs-White One Of The Best Ever Loanees
There’s been some discussion around this on social media in the last few days. But the reality is that Gibbs-White is indeed one of the best we’ve had on a temporary basis.
His goals and assists take the credit, but his energy levels, drive, and all-round game are outstanding. Earlier this season, Kevin Gage said Gibbs-White ‘had a bit of everything’. And the more time goes by, the more that proves to be correct.
Should United win promotion this season, then Gibbs-White will surely be one of the first names on the list of players we seek to buy. Wolves, of course, will want a big fee. But it would certainly be worth the try.