Wolves star Morgan Gibbs-White part of special England group – Nuno
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes teenage star Morgan Gibbs-White is among the best crop of young English talents seen for many years.
The Stafford-born midfielder shone in last night’s remarkable 2-1 victory against Chelsea – his full Premier League debut.
His moment of magic – bursting from midfield before coming up with a perfectly-weighted pass – set up Raul Jimenez’s equaliser against Maurizio Sarri’s men.
And Nuno is keen to ‘build something’ with the 18-year-old former Thomas Telford pupil, who was part of the Three Lions’ World Cup-winning Under-17 squad last year.
“He’s getting in the games, bringing these things – energy, staying focused and being humble,” he said.
“He has a lot to improve, a lot to give to us – and us to him.
“Together, we’re going to try to build something.
“He’s one of the best generation of English players for a long time, you think about (Manchester City’s Phil) Foden, and Morgan is a world champion.
“He’s not an example, he’s a reality of the fantastic job the national team of England are doing.
“It’s amazing what they’re doing. Well done to them.”
Jota got the winner against the Blues as he swept home Matt Doherty’s low cross, breaking his top-flight duck at the 14th time of asking.
But Nuno was keen not to heap too much praise on the last season's top scorer, who was up front with current leading goal-getter Jimenez in a new-look 3-4-1-2 formation while Gibbs-White played as a No.10.
“It’s not important who scores. It’s about the team,” he said.
“A team is like a player, it has up and downs.
“We have to realise that and help them in the right moments.
“He did well, but he has to improve and get better.”
Meanwhile, Nuno insists Wolves are not more motivated for games against the big teams.
They have now beaten Chelsea and got draws against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, but lost against strugglers Huddersfield and Cardiff.
“From my point of view, let’s put things apart, it doesn’t mean anything,” added Nuno.
“Extra motivation? No. The motivation is non-negotiable, the hard work is non-negotiable, the standards are non-negotiable.
“If you tell me that our standards are different (depending on) the opponent, it isn’t.
“It’s a game and when it’s a game you cannot anticipate anything.
“You prepare the same way, you approach it the same way, you spend the same amount of time – and then you perform well or you don’t perform so well.
“It doesn’t have anything to do with opponents.”