Morgan Gibbs-White shines as Wolves beat Brighton and Hove Albion.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers claimed a vital three points yesterday as they came from behind to win for the first time against Brighton and Hove Albion in the top flight. 

Lewis Dunk opened the scoring for the Seagulls from a corner, before getting sent off for bringing down Fabio Silva whilst through on goal, which seemed to change the game. 

After the red card, Wolves started to play more expansively and controlled the ball a lot more, with lots of the play going through both Gibbs-White and Vitinha.

Substitute Adama Traore also had a huge impact on the game as he scored the equaliser, whilst also providing lots of crosses from the wide areas.

Morgan Gibbs-White, who had missed a huge opportunity to win the game just minutes before, took his goal beautifully as he bent the ball past goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

  • An opportunity taken

In a season that has seen very few opportunities for youngsters such as Gibbs-White and Vitinha, it was vital that this opportunity was taken, which it was.

The academy graduate was lively from the start and showed something that Wolves might have been missing this season, which was taking on players in the middle of the pitch.

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Despite starting out wide, Gibbs-White tended to drift into central areas of the pitch in order to cause an overload on the Brighton back line.

Not only did that help players such as Vitinha and Silva, it also allowed Gibbs-White to pick up pockets of space and hurt the Seagulls, the perfect example being his open goal miss and his winning goal. Both occasions he drifted into the centre of the pitch and found himself unmarked in and around the box.

  • The missing piece of the puzzle?

Without star man Raúl Jimenez, Wolves have struggled creating chances and scoring goals this season, which has been the catalyst for their poor season.

However, yesterday Wolves seemed to create lots more chances, whilst also controlling the tempo of the game much better.

Fabio Silva, the man who has been tasked with filling the boots of missing Mexican Jimenez, seemed to have a much better game yesterday as well, partly down to the impact that Gibbs-White made on the Brighton defence.

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With many of Wolves’ attacking talent out injured for foreseeable future, could Gibbs-White have an impact in the final few games of the season?

  • What is next for Morgan Gibbs-White?

Yesterday was only his 10th league game for Wolves, and the first time that he has completed 90 minutes in the Premier League. Having shown signs of brilliance at times, most noticeably against Chelsea in 2019, does the Englishman have a future at Wolves.

The massive influx of Portuguese players would have made Gibbs-White feel his position is under threat, especially after being loaned out to Swansea at the start of the season.

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However, his recent performance has now given him a platform to kick on and progress in the Premier League, and if he gets the chances in the final games of the season, which is now likely, he could be back in contention for future season.

Morgan Gibbs-White is a player of immense talent, but one who needs to be nurtured and given opportunities. Perhaps a full season on loan next season, picking up valuable experience could do him the world of good. However, if he keeps on going as he did yesterday, he could be knocking on the door for a first team spot. 

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