An update has emerged on Fulham midfielder Fabio Carvalho, regarding Leeds’ interest in his services.
What’s the talk?
According to the Daily Mail, Leeds are one of the clubs interested in signing Fulham midfielder Fabio Carvalho this month.
Carvalho has failed to agree a contract extension with the Championship club, with just r12 months remaining on his current deal. The report claims that West Ham, Porto and Norwich are also tracking the teenager, along with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
Should Leeds sign Carvalho?
Bielsa could work his magic
Victor Orta must secure a deal for Carvalho as the youngster could be an excellent addition to the club in the long term. He may not be a player who will be able to come in and immediately improve Bielsa’s starting XI in the Premier League, but he has shown signs in his fledging career to suggest that he could have the potential to become a top player in the future under the Argentine’s stewardship.
His former boss Scott Parker made that point himself last season. The ex-Spurs midfielder claimed that Carvalho’s “future’s bright” earlier this year after he scored his first Premier League goal for the Cottagers. He said: “(Carvalho is a) big positive.
“Massive positive for us because he’s the one who’s going to be here, he’s a player that is really bright and can bring something to this team and you saw that today. We’ve seen his quality today, we’ve seen him scoring and assisting at an under-23 level but now he’s been around first-team players, he’s pushed on and done that as well.
“I don’t want to heap too much on Fabio because he’s still a young boy but the future’s bright for him and he’s someone that I really like and someone that I look forward to working with really.”
Some of his performances in the Premier League for Fulham backed these claims up. He recorded an excellent WhoScored rating of 7.76 against Southampton whilst starting as a right-back, winning four tackles and completing an eye-catching five dribbles.
Fulham also handed him two other starts following that game, with both coming in his more favoured central midfield role. In those two games, he made five tackles, completed three dribbles and created one chance. These are some very promising signs for a player who does not turn 19 until later this year, both in terms of the ability on display and the versatility positionally.
This means that Bielsa could work his magic on the teenager on the training pitch to help aid his development as a player. There will be no unrealistic expectations for him to arrive and set the Premier League alight, which will allow the Leeds boss to take his time with the midfielder to ensure that he is ready before then coming into the team to take his opportunity.