For Sheffield United loanee Morgan Gibbs-White, Saturday’s clash with Stoke City might have been one of his quieter days in a red and white shirt so far.
The Wolves starlet was his busy self as he tried to link midfield and attack but some of the nice flicks and tricks he tried maybe didn’t quite come off against the Potters. He came within inches of connecting properly to a Billy Sharp cross to score, and appeared to be having ‘one of those days’ at times.
However, Gibbs-White kept going throughout. And while most Blades fans will laud his attacking play, it was a moment of defensive prowess which showed exactly why Bramall Lane loves him.
With Stoke pressing on in search of a second goal, Gibbs-White came bombing back to cover Jayden Bogle and John Egan. From there, he took the ball off the Stoke City attacker, before feeding a pass across the pitch, which ultimately led to the second goal.
Morgan Gibbs-White more than just a loan player?
Sometimes with loan ‘stars’, you get the feeling they’re here literally to make up the numbers. But with Gibbs-White – as we experienced with Dean Henderson before – you get the impression he loves it at Bramall Lane.
Beyond that, he also looks like he has a point to prove. Whether that be to Wolves, who let him go on loan. Or whether that be to himself, after injury derailed his season with Swansea last term. But either way, this is a bonus for Sheffield United.
Morgan Gibbs-White definitely looks like being a roaring success at Bramall Lane. And with Bruno Lage admitting he doesn’t see him being recalled in January, United fans may have a full season of brilliant displays.
We all know already he can do it in the attacking third. But that defensive moment against Stoke, coupled with the composure to find the right pass, shows there is more to the youngster’s game.