Portugal boss Paulo Bento has heaped praise on William Carvalho ahead of this summer’s World Cup by labelling him as an above average, mature ‘extraordinary’ player.
As far as praise goes for a 22-year-old who is still a rookie in his breakthrough season in senior football, it is high praise indeed, especially from the coach of Portugal.
He has gone from anonymity to being Portugal’s main midfielder in less than 12 months and after a great domestic season with Sporting Lisbon, where he is on the verge of securing Champions League football, Carvalho is going to the World Cup as a key member of Portugal’s side.
Your average player doesn’t have the sort of breakthrough season that Carvalho has had nor does your average player receive such accolades so soon after becoming a senior player, but Carvalho really doesn’t look like your average player.
Portugal chief Paulo Bento on William Carvalho: "He's extraordinary and having a great season. He's proved that he's above average mature."
— Jan Fredrik Hagen (@PortuBall) April 12, 2014
He has that something special which all the great players do. That something which gives him an edge up against the opposition and the more he has played this season, the more polished and rounded he has become.
From Manchester United’s perspective, somebody of that calibre is what our midfield has been dying for – a player who will stand out like a sore thumb in comparison to our current crop of midfielders because of his quality.
Everything he has shown so far suggests that Carvalho can be that player and if he can continue that sort of devastating form in the World Cup, he’ll show he can do it on the biggest stage.
Manchester United have done the scouting, now it’s time for us to put the money on the table as soon as possible if we are seriously trying to bring Carvalho to Old Trafford.