If Sheffield United are to have any chance of promotion this season, then keeping hold of Wolves loan-star Morgan Gibbs-White is surely going to be key to that success.
The England under-21 star has been exceptional since arriving in the summer. Five goals and four assists have shown his worth to this Sheffield United team, not to mention some of the outstanding individual moments he produces on a weekly basis.
We wrote yesterday how Wolves could be impacted by potential Liverpool interest in Hwang Hee-chan. And now, a report from The Athletic has given the clearest indication yet that Gibbs-White might be recalled.
The Athletic’s report focuses on how Premier League sides may be hoarding players in order to fend off the threat of match cancellations due to Covid-19. A sharp rise in the ‘Omicron Variant’ has seen a spate of games called off in the last seven days.
Will Wolves Recall Morgan Gibbs-White in January?
While the crux of the subject matter in the report is how Premier League clubs are unlikely to be loaning out as many players as usual, there is a line which will worry Blades fans.
Brighton manager, Graham Potter, is quoted as admitting that clubs need to be thinking about recalling loan players.
“You would have to think that way,” Potter said in response to bringing players back. Of course, as mentioned by The Athletic, all loans are different and some will and won’t have recall clauses inserted.
Sheffield United News understands that while Gibbs-White isn’t being directly looked at by Wolves a ‘must bring back’ in January, they are entitled to call the midfielder back to Molineux. Of course, that would have a devastating impact on this Sheffield United team.
What Paul Heckingbottom Has Said About Gibbs-White Loan
The Blades manager addressed the issue of January and Gibbs-White in a recent presser. Heckingbottom didn’t seem too worried. However, he did acknowledge that there is always a danger with signing loan players.
“No not yet [heard anything]. So we will see,” Heckingbottom said.
“He’s not our player and when you take loan players we know that. We would love to keep him, he’s great about the place and a good footballer and on the flip side to that we think we are a great fit for him as well.”
January is always an intriguing month for Championship clubs. The Blades will be hoping to move a few on, while Heckingbottom is known to have his eye on at least two new signings.
However, keeping Morgan Gibbs-White might be the best piece of business the club can do this season.