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Morgan Gibbs-White, Wolves' NxGn midfield lynchpin

15:00 GMT+3 23/11/2018
Morgan Gibbs White
The young Englishman has been afforded just a handful of Premier League minutes but looks to be a star in the making

Gareth Southgate cannot move for young English talent at the moment. The Three Lions boss has managed to transform a lifeless, haggard national team into one brimming with vibrant young players capable of implementing a refreshing brand of football, with many knocking on the door of the senior side as they flourish with their respective club sides.

Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Joe Gomez have all made an impression on Southgate, who is continuing to monitor a clutch of gifted youngsters as he seeks to build on his fine work over the past few months.

One of those on Southgate's radar is Wolverhampton Wanderers' Morgan Gibbs-White, a young central midfielder on the cusp of the first-team at Molineux. Six cameo appearances in the Premier League - the pinnacle of which coming against Tottenham, when he helped Nuno Santo's side mount a valiant if ultimately unsuccessful fightback with his adventurous passing and physicality, which disrupted a Spurs side who had been cruising until his introduction.

The 18-year-old completed three dribbles and made 24 passes against Tottenham, including four accurate long balls and one accurate through ball which split the North Londoners apart.

His displays set tongues wagging among some of football's inner circles - pundits on Match of the Day described his impact as sensational - but such compliments have not distracted the England youth international from his primary ambition.

"I've got to keep proving myself and hopefully the call might come," Gibbs-White told the Express and Star. "I believe I'm ready (for the Wolves first team) but it's all about timing. 

"I've got Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves in front of me, two Portuguese internationals with a lot of experience. I've got to bide my time.  I'm learning ridiculous amounts every day in training, not just on the pitch but off the pitch. 

"It's nice to hear the praise but I've got to keep myself humble and go again."

The presence of Neves and Moutinho has predictably led to Gibbs-White spending most of the new season on the substitutes' bench - he has only been afforded 64 minutes of Premier League action so far, with his only starts coming in the Carabao Cup - but the precocious teen is very much in manager Nuno's thoughts.

The former Valencia boss has decided to use him sparingly, both in the Championship and the Premier League, and is hoping the more senior figures at his disposal will help nurture the young man's game.

“It’s a long process of learning and he’s adapting to the high competition. We expect him to keep developing," the Portuguese said.

“He’s skilled and there’s no doubt we are speaking about a player who can be a very good footballer. It’s about him paying attention to all the things he can learn – not only from the technical staff, but also his team-mates.”