Wolves boss Nuno backs Morgan Gibbs-White to become Premier League star

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Nuno Espirito Santo insists England’s World Cup-winning kids will become Premier League stars.

Boss Santo is preparing to take his seventh-placed Wanderers to Chelsea in the Premier League today.

Promoted Wolves boast England U19 starlet Morgan Gibbs-White, 19, who has made 20 top-flight appearances this term.

He is set to face his international team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, who came off the bench to score his fourth goal for Chelsea in the Europa League on Thursday.

The pair were part of the England side who won the U17 World Cup in October 2017 when they beat Spain 5-2 in the final.

Gibbs-White and Hudson-Odoi both starred in the victory along with other talented youngsters like Phil Foden and Ryan Sessegnon.

While Jadon Sancho, 18, now excelling at Borussia Dortmund, was a sub.

England U17s beat Spain in 2017 to win the FIFA U17 World Cup final

Hudson-Odoi wanted to quit for Germany too in January for better first team prospects at Bayern Munich as he is yet to start for Blues in the League.

But Santo insists the English teenagers are so talented they are sure to get careers in the Premier League.

“This generation of players with Hudson-Odoi, Morgan and Foden is one of the best in England ever,” assessed Santo.

“This group of players have a lot of talent, there is no doubt about it.

“I think all these players are having game time, not only in England but also outside England so naturally they will develop themselves.

“When the talent is there, you just give them time and help and they will develop.

“Morgan has had a lot of minutes in the Premier League and his contribution to the team has been very good.

“The important thing is to have the organisation to exploit the talent and provide the player with a lot of things for him to improve.

“You have to not only focus on aspects where he is strong, you have to provide him with all the tools that the game will require.

“I have seen Morgan make a lot of improvements.

“The process last season and the beginning of this season was to provide him with different tools that allow him to become a better player.

“He has it and he has to still develop.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has impressed for Chelsea this term

“For example, in terms of defensive work Morgan didn’t have much but now he’s much more involved and he has the capacity for individual duels and all these things.

“He is doing well.”

Gibbs-White made his first Premier League start against Chelsea in Wolves’ 2-1 victory at Molineux in December in a central advanced midfield role.

He became the youngest player to assist a Premier League goal since 1999 after teeing up Raul Jimenez to equalise and help end a six-game winless run.

Wolves have since kicked on to rise to seventh and set-up an FA Cup quarter-final tie at home to Manchester United next Saturday.

Santo reflected: “That was a very important moment because it ended a bad run we had.

“It was the turning point for the competition.”

Santo has confirmed Portuguese No.1 Rui Patricio will be back in goal after bringing in John Ruddy last weekend against Cardiff to prepare him to face United.

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