Tim Sherwood has praised Tottenham Hotspur transfer target and ex-Wolves player Morgan Gibbs-White’s impact after Nottingham Forest avoided relegation from the Premier League.
Morgan Gibbs-White helped Steve Cooper’s Forest secure their Premier League safety with a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
The England U21 star received big money from Wolves, but former Tottenham manager Sherwood believes the versatile midfielder is a lot like Jack Grealish, the man his former club would have become so good for Surprised, as he told Premier League Productions (22/05/23 at 5:20pm).
Wolves’ loss is now Forest’s gain, as Gibbs-White has been a key reason they stayed up late.
Throughout the season, the 23-year-old has scored five goals and provided seven assists, which is quite impressive for a side that signed so many players in the summer.
Either way, shares in the former Sheffield United loanee are on the rise and, according to Sherwood, the “£40m” Forest paid for his talents will be wiped out if he continues on his current path. Turned out to be “cheap”.
“He’s been great,” Sherwood said. “The boy is from Wolves. They have had a huge influx of foreign players, mainly Portuguese players who have come into the group. He should still be there in my opinion.
“I think Wolves fans will look at it and think ‘wow, how could this boy be so good to someone else’. He brings that.
“He realized that Steve Cooper, who he knew in the England underage group, had put his arm around him. He made him the main man and he paid off. He was a bright kid. He worked hard.
“He takes the pressure off the defenders. He catches the ball. When he takes the pressure off, it’s kind of Grealish. Buys some fouls and takes you on. But the real quality – have to give Forest credit for getting him there. £40m seems to be A lot of money, but I think when next season comes around, if they stay in the Premier League again and he continues to shine in the right light, then I think he will be a cheap signing.”
Spurs interested in Gibbs White
Tottenham may not have a manager or sporting director in charge, but that hasn’t stopped the transfer rumor mill from suggesting they are keen on Gibbs-White.
This is understandable given that Tottenham’s midfield lacks bite, attacking intent and dribbling ability, especially with Rodrygo Bentancur out for a long period of time.
But given the money Forest paid for the Englishman, then Spurs would have to easily exceed £50m to sign him, and given that this is Daniel Levy, then that’s not going to happen.