Why Everton missed a trick by not signing William Carvalho
William Carvalho, who had been on the radar of a number of premier league sides in the past, has surprisingly joined Real Betis in La Liga. The Portuguese midfielder was linked with a move to English teams like Everton and West Ham but the Spanish outfit has stunned the competitors by signing the player on a 5-year contract.
William Carvalho has been a name of great interest to numerous top teams across Europe over the years but a move never materialised.
Let’s analyse why Everton have missed a great opportunity by not signing Carvalho, who could have been a great addition for Marco Silva’s team.
A proven player at the top level
Carvalho has been in the thick of action at the top level for his national team and the club over the years. The midfielder has regularly featured in the Champions League for his club and has formed a crucial part of the national team squad. Both Portugal and Sporting Lisbon have trusted Carvalho as much as any other player, as he has been ever-present for them.
Such a seasoned player would have added invaluable leadership and experience to Everton and they have missed out on that.
A bargain in the highly inflated market
In a world where average players are attracting colossal sums of money to sign, Carvalho was available for a bargain. It is reported that Real Betis managed to sign the midfielder for a modest fee of €20m. Definitely, Sporting would have tried to get a few million pounds more from an English Premier League side, yet it would have been a great bargain as quality midfielders are costing humongous amounts in England.
Thus, Everton failed to land their target who was available for a reasonable sum in the transfer market.
A quality midfielder
William Carvalho is a quality player who has almost every desired trait of a holding midfielder. The Portuguese is an adept passer of the ball, with good dribbling ability and on top of that, he is highly intelligent when defending. The midfielder is also built like a machine, with good stamina and stature to be physically effective in the midfield. In other words, it’s very difficult to spot a weakness in his game as he is one of the most complete central midfielders out there.
Everton could have really strengthened their midfield by signing this 26-year-old.