Chris Hughton will make a decision over Joao Carvalho’s Nottingham Forest future this summer.
That’s according to a recent claim made by Sarah Clapson, with the Nottingham Post journalist reporting that the Forest midfielder will have a lot of work to do in order to convince Hughton that he should be kept at The City Ground this summer.
However, Clapson goes on to state that the 62-year-old will take a look at the attacking midfielder in pre-season, if UD Almeria, where the 24-year-old has spent the season on loan, do not take up their option to buy the £3.6m-rated man.
The journalist said: “If Almeria don’t take up the option to buy him, Chris Hughton will have a look at him in pre-season. Trying to find other moves for him, in the current climate, could well be difficult. I still think he’d have a lot to do to really convince Chris Hughton.
“On his day, he can be brilliant, but he lacks consistency. He can be hit and miss, and he does go missing in games. In the Championship, particularly if you’re pushing for promotion, you can’t afford that. You need somebody who’s going to be on it the majority of the time.
“With the way the manager plays, he also wants the team to be really defensively solid. Even as an attacker, you need to help out defensively. That’s not one of Carvalho’s strengths – it wasn’t while he was at Forest and it hasn’t been while he’s been on loan at Almeria. He’d have to do a lot to convince Hughton he can do that job.
“He faces a big pre-season if nothing happens for him before then.”
Having moved to Nottingham Forest from Benfica in what was a club record £13.2m deal back in the summer of 2018, it would be a fair claim to make that Carvalho has not quite lived up to his price tag so far in his career with the Garibaldi.
The £15k-per-week 24-year-old has also failed to impress over his 32 LaLiga 2 fixtures for Almeria this season, scoring no goals, providing three assists and missing three big chances, as well as taking an average of 0.8 shots and making 1.1 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the midfielder average a SofaScore match rating of 6.76, ranking him as Rubi’s 16th-best performer in the Spanish second division – with Almeria’s campaign not over just yet, as they face Girona in the semi-final of the LaLiga 2 play-offs.
As such, with Carvalho having not pulled up any trees since joining Forest three years ago, either for the Reds or while on loan, it would appear unlikely that many of the Forest fanbase would be willing to welcome the 24-year-old back to their first team this summer.
Having said that, considering how much money the club paid for attacking midfielder, and how much promise he appeared to have before joining up with Forest, perhaps some factions of The City Ground faithful would like to see Hughton give the Portuguese man a chance in the starting XI next season.
Either way, the future of Carvhalo at Forest appears to be extremely uncertain at present, and only time will tell which way Hughton eventually leans regarding the midfielder this summer.