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Chelsea Face Stiff Competition For This English Playmaker: What Will He Bring To West London?

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In a recent report, Goal has claimed that Chelsea are facing stiff competition for Fulham playmaker Fabio Carvalho in the summer. It is believed that the Blues will have to rival Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in pursuit of the English youngster, who is set to become a free agent at the end of this campaign.

Carvalho’s Excellent Numbers At The English Capital This Season

Carvalho is having a sensational campaign at Craven Cottage after producing a run of eye-catching displays as a key member of Marco Silva’s attack. The 19-year-old has made 19 appearances for the Cottagers this season, netting seven goals and grabbing four assists on all fronts.

The Portugal-born attacker has given a good account of himself by averaging 2.1 shots, 1.8 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in the EFL Championship. He has even been accurate when interchanging possession with others around him in the final third based on his pass success rate of 81.2% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 15: Fábio Carvalho of Fulham celebrates after scoring his teams third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Bristol City at Craven Cottage on January 15, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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What Will Carvalho Bring To Chelsea?

Carvalho has managed to transform himself into a productive attacking midfielder for Fulham this season. He has scored his fair share of goals in the opponent’s half and can even set up a few inviting chances for his teammates up top.

At the tender age of 19, the English prospect has done well to establish himself as one of the most valuable members of Marco Silva’s starting XI. He doesn’t give away the ball cheaply and can even make a few intelligent runs with the ball towards the opposition penalty box.

Carvalho will be an excellent option for the Blues to pursue in the summer as he will bring a lot of goals and creativity to Thomas Tuchel‘s attack. He could serve as an ideal understudy to Mason Mount at Stamford Bridge in the coming seasons.

We can even expect Carvalho to transform himself into a regular starter at the West London club if Chelsea can win the race for his services later this year. With all things considered, Tuchel should think about moving in for the Fulham whizkid during the summer transfer window as he will be a great, long-term signing for the Blues to consider at the end of this campaign.

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