With just under half an hour to go in last night’s clash at Molineux, Wolverhampton Wanderers were down 3-0 against Tottenham Hotspur.
The situation seemed less than ideal for 18-year-old Morgan Gibbs-White to enter the fray, yet when Nuno threw on the youngster, the match flipped on its head.
The English central midfielder had a massive impact on Wolves’ performance, nearly leading the newly-promoted side to a fantastic comeback point.
Although the match ended in a 3-2 defeat, Wolves supporters hailed Gibbs-White’s substitute display, applauding the teenager’s superb vision, excellent ball-retention, and composure in a high-stakes encounter.
If we signed Gibbs-White from Valencia, Monaco or Benfica and that was his debut, folk would be raving about the boy. That pass to Costa 🔥🔥🔥 #WWFC
— Cry Wolf (@CryWolfWWFC) November 3, 2018
Gibbs-White has been outstanding! #wwfc
— Kirsty Price (@kirstyyyxxx) November 3, 2018
— Glynn Taylor 🧔🏻 (@glynntaylor) November 3, 2018
Morgan Gibbs White looks like he grew there. We are learning good and fast. I am so proud of my team, even when we lose we win.
— Michael Petalengro (@petalengro) November 3, 2018
MGW was majestic.
— Charles Floyd (@j42070) November 3, 2018
The 18-year-old impressed the Wolves faithful to such an extent that some tipped Gibbs-White to gain a consistent starting spot. The central midfield partnership of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho was called into question by some supporters that wondered if the two Portuguese midfielders were too similar to effectively complement one another.
Not a criticism of Moutinho who is a fabulous player but would like to see MGW and Neves get a run do we need two sitters every week?? Gibbs-White changed the game. Plus we can bring Moutinho on to help see games out #wwfc
— Matt Cook (@Cookmtt1976) November 3, 2018
Morgan Gibbs White needs to be starting games. Nothing against Moutinho but him and Neves are so similar. What a performance from the boy!
— Jimmy B (@onlyonebman) November 3, 2018
Gibbs white is superb box to box midfielder with an eye for a pass an a turn of pace. Would start all day for me
— Dean Phillips (@deanphillips257) November 3, 2018
time to be brutal.. Bontatini isn’t good enough at this level, he looks a yard too slow. Again steps on the ball, in the 18 yard box. I’m sorry but his time is up at Wolves for me. Gibbs-White however, quality. Deserves a start in the league very soon. #wwfc
— Al (@alhaycock9) November 3, 2018
In the end, it was a remarkable half-hour display from Morgan Gibbs-White, a player that appears well on his way to becoming a future England star.
His impactful performance was one to remember and he received the perfect reception at full-time from the Molineux faithful to conclude his eventful night.
"Morgan Gibbs-White, he's one of our own" reverberates around Molineux as the teams walk off. Fantastic cameo from the youngster who was full of attacking intent and inspired his team.
— Tim Spiers (@tim_spiers_Star) November 3, 2018