Sheffield United have endured a much slower start to their Sky Bet Championship campaign than many people would’ve come to expect.
The Blades have been learning to adapt to Slavisa Jokanovic’s methods since the Serb took charge at Bramall Lane and it has taken some time for the new boss to find out what his best team is on paper.
One man who has continually made an impact since he arrived at the club however is Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Morgan Gibbs-White, who is currently in the midst of his second successive loan at Championship level.
Things didn’t go to plan for the 21-year-old last season at Swansea City as a fracture to his foot saw him return to Molineux earlier than expected.
But this time around the early signs are very good for the versatile midfield player as he continues to shine during his early games in a red and white shirt.
Here, we break down the numbers behind his performances so far and take a detailed look at just what he adds to Sheffield United’s current side in our latest FLW Spotlight piece…
Gibbs-White has only featured in three league games for the Blades but has already made an impact that has had many a fan and pundit sitting up to take notice.
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Having been deployed as both a right winger and as a number 10 by Jokanovic, the youngster has already found his goal scoring touch, with eye catching strikes against the likes of Peterborough United and Preston North End in recent weeks showing that his average of 2.7 shots per game is starting to pay off.
However it is the creative side of the midfielder’s game that is making the real difference for the Blades, with his two assists coming in the victories over the Posh and most recently in Saturday’s away win against Hull City as he put in the perfect cross for fellow in form man Billy Sharp to head home.
In addition to the output he has in offensive terms, Gibbs-White is also very tactically astute in terms of maintaining possession of the ball for his side in key moments of games, with his pass success rate of 86% underlining that he rarely loses his attention to detail when helping to build attacks.
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Aside from the standard passes which help to keep the tempo high in midfield, Gibbs-White is also having an impact in the final third, with an average of 2.3 key passes per 90 minutes highlighting just how threatening the youngster can be when heading to the byline to cross or finding pockets of space between the lines to make a penetrating pass.
In short, Gibbs-White is putting in the types of performances that will have Wolves scratching their heads over why they decided to allow the midfielder to leave on loan, particularly at a time when the Black Country side are struggling for form themselves in the Premier League.
Sheffield United’s gain has certainly been a big loss for Wolves and the Blades will be hoping that the player continues to shine for them for the rest of the campaign.