According to Daily Mail, Leeds United are keeping tabs on Fabio Carvalho. The Fulham youngster has emerged as a hot prospect in the market after rejecting a contract extension at Craven Cottage. His current deal expires at the end of next season, thus putting Leeds United on red alert. However, the Whites are set to face stiff competition from West Ham, Norwich City and FC Porto.
Who Is Fabio Carvalho?
A native of Portugal, Fabio Carvalho has been a part of the Fulham youth setup since 2014, at the age of just 12. He rose up the ranks pretty quickly for the Londoners, thanks to his excellent performances in the youth competitions.
Carvalho was promoted to the reserve side last summer but was able to break into the senior side. He even scored in his starting debut against Southampton and had started the last three games of the season, notching up a total of six competitive appearances for Fulham.
An attacking midfielder by trade, the youngster has turned many heads with his dynamism in the final third. Standing at just 1.70m, his low centre of gravity has helped him transform into a crafty playmaker, who can do wonders with the ball at his feet.
In addition to beating players at ease, the teenage sensation is also capable of finding exquisite through passes behind the backline. It makes him quite a competent number ten, although Carvalho certainly needs to work on his physicality if he is to thrive in English football.
Should Leeds United Splash The Cash?
Fabio Carvalho should be an excellent addition to the Leeds United side that has already lost a few key attacking players this summer, including Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski.
It has left a void in the creative unit, a hole Carvalho can fill using his ingenuity in the final third. In many ways, he resembles one of Leeds’ own talents in Ian Poveda, who can be sharp on the turn and consistently probe the opposition defences.
The 18-year-old offers similar traits going forward and has the potential to become an ideal replacement for Hernandez at Elland Road. His lack of experience at the highest level of football could be problematic, but given his sheer talent and contract situation, it could be an ideal opportunity for the Whites to snap him up this summer.
Carvalho is unlikely to become a first-team regular, but the experience of playing under Marcelo Bielsa should not only help him settle in for the future but also make him a viable alternative for star players like Rodrigo Moreno, Raphinha and Jack Harrison next season.