Leeds United could unearth their new Pablo Hernandez in Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho amid a recent transfer update.
According to The Daily Mail, Fulham have hit a contract impasse with the 18-year-old, whose deal at Craven Cottage expires at the end of this season.
The report adds that the likes of Leeds, West Ham, Norwich and Porto are all said to be interested in making a move for the teenager, and that “owners Shahid and Tony Khan face a difficult decision whether to cash in if they can’t reach agreement with the youngster over a new deal.”
Speaking after he watched him score his first goal for the club against Southampton towards the back end of last season, former Fulham boss Scott Parker said: “Fabio was lively, he had great amounts of energy. All round his performance was very good for a young boy that has come into the team for his full debut.
“He showed real courage and bravery, he’s earned the right to get into this team. He’s not in this team because our season’s over, he’s in the team because he deserves it.”
Able to play absolutely anywhere across midfield and further forward too, Carvalho has been at his best for Fulham’s youth sides when playing just behind the striker, just like Hernandez at Leeds.
In 42 games in that position for the Cottagers, the England U18 international has smashed in an incredible 20 goals and provided another nine assists too, while he’s also equally effective out wide too (he’s scored seven goals and set up another eight from the right hand side).
At his best, Hernandez was similarly creative and exciting to watch, with his nimble footwork and eye for goal being a huge part of the Whites’ resurgence in the last couple of years. As per Whoscored, in the 2018/2019 campaign in which he scored 12 and set up another 12, he averaged a whopping three key passes and 2.7 shots per game in the Championship.
In 175 games for the club, the little Spaniard netted 36 goals and provided another 41 assists, a pretty impressive feat especially when you consider Hernandez was well into his 30s when he joined up at Elland Road.
Just like the former Leeds man, Carvalho is similarly small in stature standing at just 5 foot 7, but also has the craft and agility to be a real threat to opposition defences when running with the ball.
Given his similar style of play, and the fact he remains so young at just 18, Carvalho could come in and develop into Leeds’ perfect successor to Hernandez at Elland Road over the long-term.