Nuno Espirito Santo believes Wolves teen star Morgan Gibbs-White and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi are part of potentially one of the best England teams.
Gibbs-White and Hudson-Odoi will be on opposing sides at Stamford Bridge having been in the starting XI when England won the Under-17s World Cup in 2017.
Nuno is a huge admirer of 19-year-old Gibbs-White, having given him 41 of his 53 appearances to date after he made his debut under Paul Lambert at just 16.
Hudson-Odoi is still 18 and has made 27 appearances for Chelsea.
He lodged a transfer request in January when Bayern Munich bid £35m for him, but he has still to start a Premier League game.
Nuno said: “This generation of players with Hudson-Odoi, Morgan, Phil Foden is one of the best in England, ever.
“He (Hudson-Odoi) is in that group of players with a lot of talent, there’s no doubt about it. We will be ready for him.”
Gibbs-White is already a regular in Wolves’ squad and the Portuguese believes Hudson-Odoi and Foden can become fixtures for Chelsea and Manchester City too, respectively.
“I think all these players are having game time, not only in England but also outside England so naturally they will develop themselves,” he said.
“When the talent is there you just give them time and they will develop.”
The Molineux head coach gave Gibbs-White his first Premier League start in the 2-1 win against Chelsea in December and says he has continued to grow as a player this season.
“I have seen Morgan make a lot of improvements,” he added.
“The process last season and the beginning of this season was to provide him with different tools that allow him to become a better player. He has it and he has to still develop.
“For example, in terms of defensive work, Morgan didn’t have much but now he’s much more involved, and he has the capacity for individual duels and all these things. So, he is doing well.”
Given his youth and the demands of the Premier League, many might have expected Gibbs-White to be loaned out to a Championship club this season to get more game time.
But Nuno saw something special in the Wolves academy graduate from Stafford that made him want to keep him in the first-team squad.
Gibbs-White has more than justified that faith with 26 appearances in all competitions this term, including eight starts, four of which have been in the league.
“Since last season I saw it. He is part of the squad,” said the boss.
“He has had a lot of minutes in the Premier League and his contribution to the team has been very good.
“When the talent is there, the more important thing is to have the organisation to exploit the talent and provide the player with a lot of things for him to improve.
“You have to not only focus on aspects where he is strong, you have to provide him with all the tools that the game will require.”