Morgan Gibbs-White says he is hoping to be given more starting opportunities for Wolves this season as the club prepare to embark on their first European campaign for 39 years.
Gibbs-White, a member of England’s Under-17 World Cup-winning side in 2017, is rated as one of the country’s most promising midfielders and has gradually been making his mark at Molineux.
The 19-year-old has been eased into top-flight action under Nuno Espirito Santo, starting just five Premier League games last year, but he is expected to be handed more chances with European football added to the schedule.
Wolves begin their quest for a place in the Europa League group stage this week and Gibbs-White believes there will be more minutes coming his way due to the congested fixture list.
He said: “I think (it could mean) more game time, more opportunity for younger players, which is good for the club. We’ve only got a small squad so there will be opportunities to start and come off the bench, not just for myself.
“I’m looking to start in those games and push even more than I pushed last season. We always have targets as individuals and as a team and mine is to keep going, build more confidence, keep proving to everyone and showing I should be starting and should play.”
Wolves host Crusaders on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round and Nuno’s men are heavy 1.01 favourites to pick up the win, while a draw is priced at 13.00 and the visitors are huge 67.00 outsiders.
As for the Premier League campaign, the Black Country outfit are away to Leicester City on August 11 for their opener and the visitors are 3.10 to claim the spoils, a draw is priced at 3.30 while the Foxes are shortest odds at 2.38.