Wolves are expected to have Morgan Gibbs-White in their starting line-up against Leeds United tomorrow afternoon, despite Nottingham Forest pushing to sign the England youth international.
Leeds are preparing for Wolves’ visit to Elland Road tomorrow in the Premier League, as Jesse Marsch kicks off his first full season in-charge at the club.
Whilst Leeds feel settled, despite a few injury problems, there’s a real saga unfolding at Wolves at just the wrong time.
Ahead of the trip to Leeds, headlines are dominated by Nottingham Forest pursuing a deal for Gibbs-White. It’s noted that a bid totalling potentially £35m has been knocked back for the 22-year-old.
Wolves, though, still plan to have Gibbs-White in their starting line-up at Leeds tomorrow, as per David Ornstein from The Athletic. That’s despite the fact that the player is refusing to engage in talks over a new deal at Wolves, with his current contract due to expire in 2024.
Gibbs-White excelled for Sheffield United on loan in the Championship last season, scoring 12 goals and registering a further 10 assists under former Leeds boss, Paul Heckingbottom.
Quiz: Do you remember Leeds United’s last 15 results v Wolves?
Leeds could’ve found themselves in this situation if they’d retained Kalvin Phillips or Raphinha – two players you feel they would have wanted to keep.
So, you’ll probably find a touch of sympathy in what Wolves are trying to do with Gibbs-White here.
However, it shows the benefit of Leeds letting their players go early in the window to avoid this type of narrative 24 hours before the season kicks off.
It cannot be healthy for Wolves to be worrying about this right now, with the need for Bruno Lage to get off to a good start almost as important as it is for Jesse Marsch.