Crystal Palace have been one of several Premier League clubs linked with a move for Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White.
Speaking to Football FanCast, Pete O’Rourke said about the interest in the 22-year-old: “I think his form at Sheffield United showed just how much potential the player has and he has attracted interest from a number of other Premier League clubs.
“I think Everton, Southampton and Nottingham Forest, so it’s going to be a real battle for his signature and it might take a big money offer for Palace to get him and we could end up seeing them breaking their transfer record.”
The youngster enjoyed a fine season last year whilst on loan at Sheffield United, with his creativity and work rate drawing praise from many who watched him.
Perhaps if Patrick Vieira could tempt him to sign for the Eagles, he could bag himself a Conor Gallagher replacement who could make up for the 13 goal contributions that the Chelsea youngster provided last season.
Gibbs-White rose to the occasion in his first full season with regular action in senior football and was dubbed “superb” by journalist Jack Rathbone.
His 23 goal contributions across the campaign was certainly a superb return, and if he can translate this fine form into Premier League performances, he could quickly pay back the reported £25m price tag for whoever (if anyone) signs him.
His 7.16 average SofaScore rating is also indicative of a consistent performer, exceeding that of Gallagher’s 7.08.
It is no surprise that Gibbs-White was labelled “absolute magic” by Joe Edwards, and he finally seems to be realising the huge potential that he was previously renowned for having.
Could Morgan Gibbs-White replace Conor Gallagher at Crystal Palace?
However, with Wolves possibly set to lose him, it represents a perfect opportunity in the market to sign a young English talent for comparatively little, given his remarkably high ceiling.
Vieira spoke throughout last season about how Palace struggled to replace Gallagher in his absence, claiming: “It is difficult to find in the squad a player with Conor’s type of energy”.
Gibbs-White could prove that energy and more, potentially adding to the ranks of young hungry talent that the French manager has accumulated at Selhurst Park.
Averaging 1.6 key passes per game with a passing success rate of 73%, the versatile midfielder could play across the front line or slightly deeper. Wherever he is deployed though, Palace would likely get creativity and energy in bucketloads.
Gibbs-White could more than replace Gallagher for half the price, and in turn revolutionise Vieira’s midfield options. This deal represents a no-brainer for Palace, whose manager could partner him with Chieck Doucoure to create a finely-balanced midfield.
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