Morgan Gibbs-White handed Nottingham Forest transfer advice as Newcastle and Tottenham linked

Nottingham Forest's Morgan Gibbs-White
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Morgan Gibbs-White has established himself as one of Nottingham Forest’s key players since arriving at the City Ground two years ago.

The young playmaker has been instrumental in Forest remaining in the Premier League, and it would seem like madness for him to now be sold, just when Nuno Espirito Santo is looking to build a squad to be a force in the top-flight, rather than makeweights.

However, pressure to conform to the Premier League’s punitive profit and sustainability rules is prompting some unlikely transfers this summer - and MGW could yet fall into that category if Forest have to cut their metaphorical cloth accordingly.

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Tottenham have been persistently linked with a move, while Newcastle United have also been talked of as a potential destination for a player bought for an initial £25m from Wolves.

As such, former England star Chris Waddle has been assessing which of his two former clubs would be the best destination for MGW if the England under-17 World Cup-winner should move on.

"I’ve watched Morgan Gibbs-White quite a lot over the last few years, and I like what I’ve seen of him," Waddle told Genting Casino.

"Nottingham Forest paid a lot of money to take him from Wolves after he wasn’t really playing, but the potential has always been there.

"When he was on loan at Sheffield United, I spoke to a couple of guys at the club who only had positive things to say about him. They said he was a very good pro and was very confident, which is something you don’t always get from younger players.

"The potential is definitely there. I would love to see what he could do playing for a top six or seven club, no disrespect to Nottingham Forest. If you put Gibbs-White into a team with better players, then he’s only going to improve. At times, he’s carried the burden of a poor Forest team, and that can take its toll.

"If he had to choose between Newcastle United and Tottenham, then I think Newcastle would be a better fit for him. He primarily plays in that number ten role or supporting the strikers, and I think he would complement Newcastle’s midfield.

"With James Maddison at Tottenham, I can’t see him playing in the role that he would want. Do Tottenham see Gibbs-White as more of a squad player or someone that can play in a number of positions?

"I can’t see him sitting on the bench at his next club, and there’s a danger that would happen if he joined Spurs. For me, he wouldn’t get into the team over James Maddison."

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