Morgan Gibbs-White could be handed his Sheffield United debut tomorrow as the Blades take on Peterborough United at Bramall Lane.
Slavisa Jokanovic could hand the Wolves loanee a debut in front of the home fans, with the Blades desperate for their first-win of the season.
Having signed on loan on deadline day, the midfielder will be desperate to show just why Jokanovic has opted to bring him in.
But just what can United fans expect from Gibbs-White? Should they be excited? What sort of position will he play? And how is his reputation at Molineux?
Well, we spoke to Wolves expert Tom Proctor from Molineux.News to get the lowdown on Gibbs-White, and it’s safe to assume Blades fans can look forward to some good performances.
Wolves fans unhappy
“Gibbs-White is a great addition for Sheffield United. And some sections of the Wolves fanbase are not particularly happy he’s been allowed to depart.
“Many felt he had a role to play at Molineux this term given the small squad. And he had looked one of the sharpest players in pre-season. He also finished the 2020/21 campaign as, arguably, Wolves’ brightest spark as the club limped to the finish line with four defeats in the last six Premier League games,” Proctor said on Gibbs-White.
Although most United fans are aware of Gibbs-White’s ability to fill a number of roles, Proctor believes a central attacking area will see the Blades get the best from the 21-year-old.
“I’d say he’s probably most effective in a central attacking midfield role, where he can receive the ball between the lines and then drive at the defence. His versatility has seen him used wide right for Wolves on occasion, and he can be a decent option there too. But he always feels more productive in the middle,” Proctor added.
In terms of goals, assists, and someone who can break the lines from midfield, United are desperate. The trio of Norwood, Fleck, and Berge has failed to produce so far. But Proctor believes Gibbs-White can help solve that problem for the Blades, owing to his ability on the ball.
“In terms of what he can bring to the table, Gibbs-White is a solid ball-carrier, and combines his pace and power to glide past defenders. He is technically impressive and has great feet, although he can sometimes choose the wrong option,” he continued,
“Although he hasn’t scored too many times for the Wolves first-team, he does strike the ball really well. His recent goal against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup from outside the area was a belter, and capped off a lively display.”
The Championship, as we know, is a tough league for anyone. However, finishing his assessment of Gibbs-White, Proctor believes his time at Swansea demonstrated all people need to know about the Wolves man.
“Gibbs-White played a handful of games on loan at Swansea at the start of last term, before the stint was ultimately cut short following a foot fracture.
Across his six outings he made a great impression, receiving plaudits for his creativity. Wolves recalling him upset quite a lot of their supporters, and then-manager Steve Cooper was said to have felt Gibbs-White could have been a standout performer in the Championship had it not been for his injury.”
Blades, fans, then, can seemingly get themselves excited ahead of a potential debut for Gibbs-White against The Posh tomorrow.