Morgan Gibbs-White can 'play anywhere' says Wolves boss Paul Lambert

Teenager Morgan Gibbs-White is good enough to play anywhere on the field, Wolves boss Paul Lambert believes, as he stated his belief in the 16-year-old’s undoubted ability.

Soccer - The Emirates FA Cup Round Three - Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Morgan Gibbs-White of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates at full time after making his debut at the age of 16

Academy product Gibbs-White was handed his first-team debut in Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup win at Stoke, becoming of the club’s youngest ever players in the process.

And Lambert said he didn’t make the decision to send on Gibbs-White as a substitute on gut instinct.

“I had the belief in him,” Lambert said. “

“People said it was a big call, or brave, that I put him on at 1-0 up with half an hour to go. But it wasn’t gut instinct. If you make a decision on gut instinct it can be dangerous.

“I’ve seen him long enough to know he could go in and handle the occasion. He may have been nervous, but on the outside he didn’t show it.

“He didn’t look out of place and he did really well. It’s great for the future of the club and it’s great for him.”

Lambert has never been shy to give youngsters their chance, having handed current Albion winger Matt Phillips his Wycombe debut aged 17 and blooding Korey Smith as an 18-year-old regular at Norwich.

He added: “That whole thing, if you’re good enough then to me it doesn’t matter how old you are.

“He plays without fear, does Morgan. He goes by people really easily, similar to Bright Enobakhare, he’s that type of player.

“He can make things happen in the last third of the pitch and that’s where your creative ones have to do that.

“I think he can do it. Whether he’s going to be one of those type of players, or a sitter in midfield...he’s still developing. Morgan’s one of those kids you can play him anywhere.

“I spoke to him during the week and obviously before he went on. I told him to play without fear.

“It was brilliant to see him do that. And he can play – he wasn’t just to make up the numbers. I’ve got enough players to do that.”

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Comments for: "Morgan Gibbs-White can 'play anywhere' says Wolves boss Paul Lambert"

SB17

Young and Hungry Wolf Cubs... Get em on ...

brummierob

There is no doubt that we have loads of quality youngsters coming through but we are lacking experience. Williamson clearly provides that to the likes of Iorfa, Hause and Batth. Ikeme is experienced and apart from Stearman the only other old head is Edwards. The latter though, in my opinion, is a squad player and not a guaranteed starter. He is having a very good season for goals but we need a bit more than that too. Edwards is a great impact sub.

The sort of player we need to be looking at is someone like Lansbury? He will be going to Villa though on a low transfer fee of £3m but wages of £40k per week. Why we have not looked at bringing back Winnall is beyond me. £500k is a bargain. The players we are linked with like Rodallega and Westwood are awful and I would rather stick with the kids!

Sir Billy Quiet

'I just don't think you understand, his Paul Lamberts man, better than Zidane, we've got super Dave Edwards!'

Edwards is playing the best football of his career....

IMO I don't think we need to make any signings in this window, get rid of the deadwood, blood the youngsters and bring in players in the summer.

brummierob

He is in the best goalscoring run of his career but in quite a few games he is anonymous apart from the goal. It's not just my opinion, as it is also backed up by the reporters. This is a big reason why Lambert has dropped him deeper and brought in the likes of Bright and Mason!

Sir Billy Quiet

His fit and scoring - that makes it the best football of his career!

How many reporters have become football managers!!!

Thomas

Very refreshing to see a wolves manager who will play the younger players.

brummierob

Jackett and Zenga also played a number of young players too but Lambert is not scared to give the under 18's a go!

Sir Lupi

Lamberts Lambs.

Roswolf

And he can play – he wasn’t just to make up the numbers. I’ve got enough players to do that.”

This comment was quickly removed I see.

Roswolf

RIP Graham Taylor

paul

Good Kids become great players if a club has top players to learn from. sadly we have very few.

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