Sheffield United signed young English midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers on the deadline day of the transfer window. This is his third spell in the EFL Championship after featuring for Wolves in 2017-18 and spending some time on loan at Swansea last season.
Before signing the midfielder, Sheffield United had two points in the starting five games of the season. Gibbs-White made his debut in a 6-2 victory over Peterborough United. The midfielder was given 79 minutes on the pitch and immediately made an impact on the match. He attempted three shots and scored a goal along with an assist. Morgan Gibbs-White has been a regular starter since then and has featured in eight matches for the Blades.
The youngster has scored three goals so far this season with an xG rate of 1.39. He has also provided two assists and his expected assist rate is 1.58. Gibbs-White has attempted 20 shots towards the opposition goal and he has six shots on target. The player has also made attempts to get inside the opposition box and has taken 25 touches inside the opposition box. Adding to this he has also made 22 recoveries in the opposition half.
Morgan Gibbs-White has operated from the right side of midfield. The Blades play in a 4-2-3-1 formation and Gibbs-White plays as an attacking midfielder on the right. His passing has been direct and a lot of his passes have landed in the opposition box. His three passes in and around the opposition 6-yard have created the highest amount of threat rate.
Gibbs-White has attempted 45 passes towards George Baldock. His 20 passes towards Billy Sharp have created the highest xT rate. He has provided an assist to the striker and the xT rate is 0.72. The midfielder provided the second assist to Iliman Cheikh Ndiaye. Ndiaye has received 40 passes from Gibbs-White and the threat rate created is 0.47.
Morgan Gibbs-White has attempted 20 shots and half of the shots have been attempted from inside the opposition penalty box. The goals have been scored from inside the opposition box. He has scored goals against Peterborough United, Preston North End and AFC Bournemouth.
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in.
Morgan Gibbs-White is ranked high amongst other midfielders in the league. He averages 0.37 goals per 90 and 2.49 shots per 90. The rate is better than most of the other midfielders in the league. He also averages more than five dribbles per 90 and more than ten offensive duels per game. The attacking actions per 90 are also high but have a low success rate.
Since his arrival, Gibbs-White has helped his side to earn 16 points in the nine games played. He has featured in four wins, one draw and three defeats. His creativity has helped the team to score goals and has five goal contributions this season. His parent club Wolves will be happy to see the form he is showing and he could become handier for Sheffield United in the battle for promotion.