Reported Everton target William Carvalho played the full 90 minutes for Portugal in their 1-1 draw against Iran in their final 2018 World Cup group game on Monday, and Toffees fans were unimpressed with what they saw from the 26-year-old.
Sky Sports reported on June 1 that Marco Silva is keen to be reunited with the 6ft 2in defensive midfielder having worked with him during his spell in charge of Sporting, and the player could potentially be available on a free if he succeeds in terminating his contract with the Portuguese club.
He didn’t have his best game against Iran however to convince the Goodison Park faithful that he would be an upgrade on the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and James McCarthy in the middle of the park for them, with a lack of mobility and pace his main issue.
Everton supporters, who have urged their club to sign another 26-year-old attacking World Cup ace with one describing him as “much better than Gylfi”, were quick to have their say on his latest display via social media, and while one said “William Carvalho is awful”, another said “bet we pay £50m for him”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Seen William Carvalho against some varied opposition so far and I’m not impressed at all. I don’t recall being all that taken with him during Euro2016 either
— Lyndon Lloyd (@Everton1an) June 25, 2018
William Carvalho is awful do not want him anywhere near Everton!!!
— COYB💙💙 (@DFoot) June 25, 2018
@SamCarroll0 Have you been watching Carvalho tonight? Pedestrian, plodding and just playing simple short passes. No creativity. Surely not to be linked with Everton! I sincerely hope not.
— Alan Cooper (@alan777cooper) June 25, 2018
— John pitchford (@JohnPitchy) June 25, 2018
Carvalho looks like he’s always moving through treacle mate. Hope we don’t sign him even if he is free.
— Everton Fans Corner (@EFCFansCorner_) June 25, 2018
— EvertonPaul (@Kwiyyojibajaba) June 25, 2018
I must say, William Carvalho looks absolutely dreadful. If we sign him (even on a free) and sell Schneiderlin that may well be the worst bit of business this whole summer.
Schneiderlin wasn’t great last season but we’ve all seen that when he is on top of his game he’s brilliant.
— The People’s Club (@ThePeoplesClub_) June 25, 2018
William carvalho is another Morgan Schneiderlin
— Kevin wallace (@Toffeekev) June 25, 2018
William Carvalho has to be the worst "defensive" defensive midfielder i've ever witnessed and that includes Schneiderlin last season.
Avoid signing him at all cost's the lad can't run, gives up and let players just sprint ahead while he's running in quick sand.
— Ewan McColl (@TheMcColl) June 25, 2018