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Wolves: Dave Azzopardi outlines concern over Morgan Gibbs-White amid exit talk

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BBC Sport contributor Dave Azzopardi has outlined his concern over Morgan Gibbs-White as he is linked with a move away from Wolves. 

As things stand, the player’s future is in much doubt with Premier League rivals Nottingham Forest holding a very firm interest in signing the 22-year-old.

Indeed, The Athletic report that Wolves have turned down a bid worth £35m (£25m plus £10m in add-ons) this week but the saga may not be over with Gibbs-White looking unlikely to sign a new contract.

While speaking about the situation as a guest on the One Leeds Fan Channel, Azzopardi explained that the youngster is ‘not happy’ sitting on the bench and that could play a role in him forcing an exit.

He explained (14:56): “I think we’ll keep a hold of him. I think the club wants to keep him.

“The issue with Morgan is that a couple of years ago, under Nuno [Espirito Santo], Nuno had recalled him from a pretty promising loan spell at Swansea. Said: ‘Right, we’re going to play you’. And barely gave him a kick for the second half of the season.

“So obviously that wound Morgan up quite a lot. And he had a great year, like you’ve seen, he had a great year at Sheffield United last year.

“Bruno Lage wanted to keep him last year again. But again Morgan is just somebody that wants to play football. He’s not happy with just sitting on the bench. He wants to play football.”

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TIF thoughts on Morgan Gibbs-White and Wolves…

As Azzopardi mentions, Gibbs-White made a promising start to life on loan with Swansea back in the 2020/21 season, scoring and assisting once each as he went unbeaten in his first four Championship games. However, injury derailed his time away from Wolves and when he returned to the Premier League club he was predominantly a bench player (via Transfermarkt).

Seemingly intent on more senior minutes, despite Azzopardi claiming Lage wanted to keep him, the midfielder then went out on loan again last term and played 34 league games for Sheffield United, netting ten goals and eight assists.

Taking that into account, it’s clear that Wolves will have to play Gibbs-White on a regular basis this season if they want any hopes of him changing his mind and committing to the club. For now, his future certainly seems uncertain.

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