Wolves must resist the temptation to send Morgan Gibbs-White out on loan next season.
That’s the view of former Molineux striker Mel Eves, who has watched the 19-year-old recently-capped England Under-21 international blossom into one of the most talented youngsters in the country last season.
Still a teenager, Gibbs-White is already a World Cup winner, having won the Under-17s tournament with England in 2017, while he has 56 appearances under his belt for Wolves, including 26 in the Premier League.
There is a queue of clubs ready to snap up the Wolves Academy graduate on loan for the coming season. But Eves feels he will only get better by staying put with Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad.
“Morgan Gibbs-White is going to get better having had another year’s strength wise and age wise,” Eves told www.wolvesbite.com. “Pushing for a regular place has got to be top of Morgan’s agenda, and the club’s.
“Ability wise, I think we have all seen he can go on to become a really good player and I hope he does. So he’s got the ability, but he just needs to make sure he doesn’t get lulled into the thinking that’s he’s already done it, because he hasn’t.
“This can happen. I have seen it with lads. I don’t know Morgan Gibbs-White from Adam. But for a young lad, that’s the kind of thing you’ve got to make sure of, and I’m sure everyone at the club will be trying to make sure he keeps his feet on the ground and keeps working at what he’s got to work at.
“For me, he’s got to get physically stronger, which he will do, but then it’s the mentality of staying humble and not thinking he’s done anything yet.
“It’s very difficult, especially nowadays when they’ve got the rewards, they can get a little bit ahead of themselves. They’ve got the lifestyle before they have earned it.”
Eves, a League Cup winner with Wolves in 1980 and their last scorer in Europe over 39 years ago, has been hugely impressed by Chinese owners Fosun since they took over three years ago.
Huge investment followed, then promotion and seventh place in the Premier League . Eves can only see more prosperity ahead for his former club.
“I can’t see anything ahead but good times ahead for Wolves,” added the 62-year-old. “They might have the odd tough time on their way to achieving it, but everything looks to be going in the right direction.
“We’ve just got to make sure that they’re diligent, and they do due diligence in everything they do. When Fosun first came in, it took them a year to get the mix right, but the big thing was they got it smack on.
“They got the recruitment right with Nuno, and then again in the Premier League. Now it’s the next challenge, and if they can do it three times on the trot, then it really sets the club up, because then they will have a bit of continuity.”