Everton manager Marco Silva is reportedly keen to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho this summer having worked with him during his spell in charge of the Portuguese giants previously, but perhaps he isn’t the answer to the Merseyside outfit’s midfield issues if his latest Portugal performance is anything to go by.
While The Telegraph reported on June 13 that the Toffees new Portuguese boss is ready to give Morgan Schneiderlin a fresh start at Goodison Park following a tough 2017/18 campaign in which he was heavily criticised by his own fans on Twitter and at matches, also report that he wants to be reunited with Carvalho, rated at £22.5m by Transfermarkt.
The 26-year-old could well be available on a free transfer this summer if he succeeds in terminating his contract with Sporting after he and his teammates were attacked by a group of supporters at the training ground last month following their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
His nervous and generally disappointing display for his country in their narrow 1-0 defeat against Morocco in their latest 2018 World Cup fixture has hardly done himself any favours of securing the move he wants this summer.
The 6ft 2in defensive midfielder is usually good on the ball but only had a passing accuracy of 75% against the African nation, while he made just one interception and one clearance, giving away two fouls as well as failing to complete a single successful dribble, as per WhoScored.com.
Silva will want a big upgrade on Schneiderlin if he is to bring a player in for that central area ahead of the new season, but Carvalho’s latest display suggests that he isn’t the man for the job and that the Toffees boss, who has been urged to sign another £22.5m-rated 2018 World Cup attacker, should focus his attentions elsewhere.