Connect with us

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves must not let success stunt the progress of Morgan Gibbs-White

The England youth international has a bright future ahead of him in the game.

Mathew Coull

Published

on

Wolverhampton Wanderers will be playing Premier League football again next season. Nuno Espirito Santo has led the club to the Championship summit and top-flight football now awaits.

It is certainly what they deserve after a brilliant campaign. Wolves have been by far the most consistent team in the second-tier and whilst the likes of Cardiff City, Fulham and Aston Villa have tried, none have managed to keep up.

Of course, much of their success has been down to the investment from the Fosun Group. Together with a partnership with Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes, Wolves have brought in some excellent talent at Championship level.

(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The likes of Ruben Neves, Diego Jota and Willy Boly are all Premier League standard and Wolves have relished in their presence.

But this should be a concern for one 18-year-old talent. Morgan Gibbs-White is one of England’s brightest talents. The midfielder has been tipped for greatness at Wolves and has shown his ability with the England youth set-up. Last summer, he played a key role as England’s under-17s won the World Cup in India.

The performances of Gibbs-White had tongues wagging in the summer and he has been involved for Wolves this season. Gibbs-White has played 13 times for Wolves and looks a real talent for the future.

(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

But this summer the Fosun Group and Mendes will be looking to bring some more talent to Molineux ahead of an assault on the Premier League. Rightly so. If Wolves are to stay in the top-flight, investment will be necessary.

However, in the form of Gibbs-White, the club already have a player who looks capable of playing at this level. The teenager is a top talent who should not simply be pushed aside by Wolves as they seek to assemble a side full of foreign talent.

Wolves are ambitious and wealthy so new faces are bound to arrive. But the club must make sure there is a space for a young talent like Gibbs-White to thrive in the future.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Championship

Arrival of Victor Lindelof would be the final nail in coffin for Roderick Miranda’s Wolves career

The Swedish international has been heavily linked with a move to Wolves.

Mathew Coull

Published

on

This week it has been reported that Wolverhampton Wanderers are beginning their preparations for next season, by making a move for Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof. The Mirror report that the £31 million Sweden international is the target of a loan switch from the newly promoted Midlands club.

It would be a fine move from Wolves as Lindelof has proven he is a highly talented defender this season, even if occasionally error-prone.

However, if he was to arrive, what would it mean for some of Wolves’ current centre-back options, namely, Roderick Miranda.

(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Signed last summer from Rio Ave the Jorge Mendes client went straight into the starting XI at Wolves. He cost the club a fee reported to be in the region of £2.5 million by The Sun and looked a solid signing for the upcoming campaign. However, after a 2-1 loss to QPR in October the 27-year-old suddenly found himself out of favour.

Miranda played just three more Championship games for the club, including the recent 3-0 loss to Sunderland.

The defender was simply outplayed by his competition at the club and, in January, he was even linked with a move back to his homeland. Portuguese paper Record reported that Braga were keen on the player and he could be open to a return home.

If Lindelof was to arrive than surely the nail is in the coffin for Miranda’s career at Wolves.

(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Simply put, he has not looked up to the standard necessary to play Championship football let alone in the Premier League.

Not many Wolves fans will be disappointed if he is moved on in the summer, especially with the likes of Lindelof reportedly in the club’s crosshairs. If the Manchester United man arrives, it is surely the end for Miranda at Molineux.

Continue Reading

Championship

Renato Sanches must heed Carlos Carvalhal advice and ignore Wolves interest

The Portugal talent has been linked with a move to newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Mathew Coull

Published

on

When Swansea City managed to convince Renato Sanches to head to the Liberty Stadium in the summer it looked like one of the coups of the transfer window. The Portuguese prospect had shone at the European Championships in 2016, being named the best young player in the competition. Such form had earned him a move to Bayern Munich. There, things had stalled for the young talent, but he was still an eye-catching recruit for the Swans.

However, he struggled to find his best form in South Wales. He ended up out of the team more than he was in it, playing just 704 minutes of Premier League football as Swansea were relegated to the Championship. The ‘highlight’ of his time at the club, arguably his mislayed pass toward an advertising hoarding he mistook for a team-mate v Chelsea in November.

(Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

But it seems the Bayern youngster may get a Premier League reprieve. Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers are said to be interested in adding the talented midfielder to their Portuguese ranks.

Diario de Noticias have reported that Wolves are keen to bring Sanches to Molineux this summer ahead of a Premier League campaign.

But despite the interest from Wolves, surely a return to Benfica is in the best interests of the young player. That is indeed the thought of outgoing Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal, who was quoted by The Telegraph as stating:

“Renato knows he has had a very bad season. He is not at the level he was and when he had the injury in January, it finished him. He would agree this has been a really bad season for him. Someone told me he could go back to Benfica and if he can, it is the best step for him…

“I think by going back to Benfica and having his friends and mother and father around him – and a good club to support him – he can achieve the best level. He needs to go back to Portugal because he is a boy and he is not ready for Premier League level.”

Whilst a move to Wolves could be beneficial, considering the amount of his countryman at the club, Carvalhal’s point is valid.

The 20-year-old appears to have gone backward since his move to Bayern and the Premier League looked to be a step too far for him last season.

(Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Playing week-in week-out at this intensity was clearly not something Sanches is yet ready to achieve, doing so with Wolves will surely not be any different.

Wolves can be forgiven for their interest in the player. His performances at Euro 2016 were such that his poor form since is often forgotten.

But the best move for the player would be to head home and finish his development. One day, he will surely become the star it seemed he would. But right now, a move to Wolves could just set him back even further.

Continue Reading

Bournemouth

Wolves must ensure Benik Afobe stays at Molineux next season

Josh Kerr

Published

on

Afobe
Photo: Getty Images

Wolves have secured their promotion to the Premier League in emphatic style. Registering 99 points as champions is a fantastic achievement for the Midlands side.

However, there is still business that needs attending to before returning to the promise lands of England’s top division.

Wolves striker and Bournemouth loanee Benik Afobe’s future is still undecided and the Wanderers have to act fast if they are to make the deal permanent.

According to the Birmingham Live, there are terms of their loan agreement with Bournemouth that state the club have until May 31st to decide on whether they will make the deal permanent.

The Bournemouth Echo have also reported that Wolves will get first choice as to whether they sign the £12 million-rated striker on a permanent deal.

Despite not being a regular feature in the Championship all season, Afobe still boasts six league goals from nine appearances proving he could have more to offer next season.

(Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Also, considering his experience in the Premier League, the 25-year-old would be a useful addition as they prepare for life in the top flight.

Afobe endured a successful first spell at the Molineux Stadium before his move to Bournemouth, reported by BBC Sport to be in the region of £10 million.

His initial two years at the club saw 23 goals in 48 appearances and the former England under-21’s star quickly became a fan favourite before leaving for the Cherries in 2016.

He rejoined Wolves in the January window, on loan, leaving the striker “crying in his car with happiness”, according to BBC Sport.

The 6ft striker has 63 Premier League appearances under his belt, and for £12 million it is surely worth the expenditure to have Afobe leading in the dressing room next season.

The move would be ideal for both parties as Afobe has failed to establish himself as Bournemouth’s first choice striker, falling behind the likes of Joshua King, Callum Wilson and Jermaine Defoe in Eddie Howe’s side.

Wolves supporters were delighted to see their former hero return home, and with a full season ahead of him, Afobe could be the man to help fire the goals that could keep the Midlands outfit in the division next season.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 The Boot Room.