Sheffield United have been dealt a potential blow to their chances of keeping Morgan Gibbs-White at Bramall Lane for the duration of the Championship campaign.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by Football League World, who claimed that Wolves manager Bruno Lage is strongly considering recalling the midfielder from his season-long loan deal at the Championship side in January.
The report added that the Premier League club are closely monitoring the performances of the 21-year-old, while Lage himself is believed to be keen on bringing the former England under-21 international back to Molineux, as the Portuguese manager was hesitant to loan out Gibbs-White in the first place.
Speaking shortly before the midfielder’s departure back in September, the Wolves boss said: “I prefer him to stay but I need to respect the player and Morgan wants to play more. I respect, a lot, that ambition.”
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Jokanovic will be fuming
Considering just how impressive Gibbs-White has been for Sheffield United so far this season, the prospect of losing the 21-year-old halfway through the club’s Championship campaign, particularly taking into account how poor the Blades were prior to the midfielder’s arrival at the club, will undoubtedly have left Slavisa Jokanovic fuming.
Indeed, over his three Championship appearances this term, the £6.3m-rated man has scored two goals, registered two assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 2.7 shots and making 2.3 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the man who Chris Basham dubbed a “powerful” player earn an extraordinary average SofaScore match rating of 7.83, not only ranking him as United’s best performer in the second tier but also as the best player in the entire division.
As such, losing the services of Gibbs-White in January would undoubtedly come as a huge blow to the Blades’ hopes of securing an immediate return to the Premier League come the end of the season, something which would leave everyone involved with the club feeling gutted.