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Gibbs-White is eager to take on a bigger role at Wolves

 

Step up: Morgan Gibbs-White is ready to make an impact
Step up: Morgan Gibbs-White is ready to make an impact

By Andy Hampson

Morgan Gibbs-White is hoping for more starting opportunities as Wolves embark on their first European campaign for 39 years.

Gibbs-White, a member of England's Under-17 World Cup-winning side in 2017, is rated as one of the country's most promising midfielders.

Wolves have been easing the 19-year-old into top-flight action and he started just five Premier League games last year, but he is keen to step up in the coming season.

With Wolves beginning their quest to claim a place in the Europa League group stage against Crusaders tomorrow, Gibbs-White hopes there will be more chances to play.

He said: "I think (it could mean) more game time, more opportunity for younger players, which is good for the club.

"We've only got a small squad so there will be opportunities to start and come off the bench, not just for myself. I'm looking to start in those games and push even more than I pushed last season.

"We always have targets as individuals and as a team and mine is to keep going, build more confidence, keep proving to everyone and showing I should be starting and should play."

Wolves host the Crues tomorrow in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round.

Gibbs-White feels Europe is the obvious next step for the club after winning promotion in 2018 and then finishing an impressive seventh in the Premier League last term.

A lot of Wolves' development can be put down to the progressive ownership of China-based Fosun, who acquired the club in 2016, and the influence of manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

The reach Wolves now have was evident last week as the club were well received during a successful trip to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy, which they won.

Gibbs-White said: "Two or three years ago it was nothing like this. Now to see how Wolves have grown and what Fosun are trying to build is crazy.

"Since Nuno came in it has just been positive, positive, positive. Hopefully we can keep that mentality and keep that confidence going. We start going with the Europa League. Hopefully we can proceed in that and go far in the competition."

Meanwhile, former Wolves midfielder Paul Ince has given his verdict on the club's hopes for next season and whether they can break into the Premier League's established top six.

Santo's side head into the 2019-20 campaign with a wealth of expectation after an impressive maiden campaign back in the top-flight last term, where Wolves secured a spot in the Europa League qualifiers.

"If anyone is going to do it, I'd say Wolves are the most capable. I watched them against Manchester City, though it was only a friendly game, where they won on penalties," said Ince.

"They're a very good outfit, they know how they want to play, the manager is comfortable with it, they had a fantastic season last year but they've got to do it again. I just feel, although it would be great for one of those so-called lesser teams to break into that, I really can't see it."

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