Morgan Gibbs-White hopes to emulate impact of trio
Morgan Gibbs-White is hoping he can follow in the footsteps of a trio of international team-mates by making a big impact on loan at Swansea City.
The 20-year-old midfielder has become the Swans’ third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Korey Smith and Freddie Woodman.
He may be young in years, but the attacking playmaker arrives in SA1 with Premier League and European experience to his name.
He has been capped by England at every age grade from under-16 to under-21, and was part of the Three Lions’ under-17 side that won the World Cup in India in 2017.
Swans boss Steve Cooper was the architect of that triumph, and three members of that squad spent the second half of last season at the Liberty Stadium.
Rhian Brewster, Marc Guehi and Conor Gallagher all made their presence felt as the Swans surged into the play-offs, only to see Brentford end their promotion hopes.
Brewster netted 11 goals in 22 appearances, Gallagher registered six assists and Guehi finished the season in superb form, including an outstanding, vital block against Reading.
And, while Gibbs-White will bring different attributes and qualities to that trio, he would love to ensure his spell with Swansea is every bit as successful.
“I spoke to Rhian about his time down here and he said he loved every minute of it,” he said.
“When I got that sort of feedback and I saw the sort of impact he had down here with the goals he scored, I looked at it and thought maybe I can do that.
“I am happy to be here and I cannot wait to impress the fans and show them everything I can do.
“I would love to follow on from what those three guys did here because they were a massive part of what went on last season in trying to get back to where we should be.
“That was one of the main reasons I wanted to come down here, because of their development, and I am hoping I can do the same and help the boys.”
Gibbs-White also has experience of promotion from the Championship, having been part of the Wolves side who won the title in 2018.
Which means he knows what it takes to reach the target of the Premier League.
“I think it is about having a hunger and desire to try and win every game and see out every game,” said Gibbs-White.
“We know if we want to get Swansea back to where they should be, we are going to need to be ruthless.
“You want to concede fewer goals, score more goals and have that game management to see out games.”