Nottingham Forest: Morgan Gibbs-White set to join pre-season training on Monday after extended break for England U21 Euros heroics
- Morgan Gibbs-White will link up with Nottingham Forest team-mates on Monday
- The talented playmaker is absent from Forest’s training camp in Spain this week
- Gibbs-White was a key player as England Under 21s won the Euros earlier in July
Morgan Gibbs-White will link up with his Nottingham Forest team-mates on Monday after being handed an extended break for his England heroics.
The playmaker is absent from Forest’s pre-season training camp in Spain this week following his international achievements.
Gibbs-White was part of the England Under-21 squad who became European champions earlier this month and was one of the players of the tournament.
Eyebrows were raised a year ago when Forest paid Wolves £25million up front for Gibbs-White, who had never been a Premier League regular, following a successful season on loan in the Championship with Sheffield United.
But boss Steve Cooper’s faith was justified as Gibbs-White was one of the players of the season for Forest.
Morgan Gibbs-White will link up with Nottingham Forest on Monday after an extended break
He is absent from a training camp in Spain this week after helping England U21s win the Euros
Forest manager Steve Cooper will be pleased to see the return of one of the club’s key players
He produced five goals and eight assists and playing a vital role in keeping the team in the Premier League in their first top-flight campaign this century.
Top clubs are keeping a close eye on Gibbs-White but Cooper plans to build his team around the 23-year-old this term.
England boss Gareth Southgate is also watching Gibbs-White’s progress carefully, after assistant Steve Holland held talks with the player at Forest’s training ground during the winter.
Another strong season for his club would place Gibbs-White firmly in contention for Southgate’s squad for next summer’s European Championships in Germany.
Meanwhile, Forest are keen to move on a number of fringe players before setting about their summer recruitment.
Homegrown attacker Brennan Johnson is also available though neither Brentford nor Aston Villa have come close to the asking price, thought to be in excess of £40m.