Sky Sports Scout - William Carvalho
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Last Updated: 21/05/14 12:14pm
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The latest player to be spotlighted is Portugal starlet William Carvalho.
The scout reports...
With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Hugo Viana snapped up from Sporting Lisbon in recent years - the Premier League are no strangers to the talent that regularly comes through at the Jose Alvalade.
And so it is with little surprise to learn that William Carvalho is now in the sights of many English clubs.
21-year-old Carvalho has only this season become a mainstay in the Sporting midfielder, but already he is being tipped to break into Portugal's side ahead of the World Cup this summer.
Angola-born, Carvalho and his family moved to Portugal when he was a baby - but he was soon involved in football and played for local side Sporting Algueirao from the age of 11, and then moved quickly on to Mira Sintra.
After just a year with Mira Sintra, he was spotted and snapped up by Sporting's youth academy aged just 13.
His progress was spotted very early by Portugal - who capped him at Under-17 level.
Aged 19 he was handed his Sporting debut against Vitoria in early 2011 before he was sent on-loan to third tier outfit Fatima.
The following season and again Carvalho was sent out on loan, this time with Belgian club Cercle Brugge. Carvalho would spend the best part of two years in the Belgian capital.
Carvalho seemingly left Sporting a boy, but returned a man. And this was spotted by new Sporting coach Leonardo Jardim - who immediately promoted him to the first-team squad.
Carvalho has since started every game for Jardim and has been one of the reasons behind Sporting's rejuvenation this term.
After just a few months back at Sporting and Portugal's senior squad came calling and he was handed a shock call-up for their World Cup play-off with Sweden.
Indeed Carvalho came on to make his debut late in the second leg to help see Portugal to the finals.
Carvalho now seems certain to be on the plane for Brazil and should he make the finals, that would cap a remarkable 12 months.
Suddenly Portugal have found themselves a player who many think could be world-class in his role of a holding midfielder.
The one thing that immediately impresses with Carvalho is his maturity, and his calmness - very rarely is he panicked on the ball, but he also has the ability to release the ball quickly.
Carvalho is not slow and can bring the ball forward himself, but nine times out of 10 he allows the ball to do the work as he loves to spread the ball out wide.
At the moment, he has a very uncomplicated game and manner - but the part he plays for Sporting is crucial and he does it so well. Commanding the space in front of the defence, his long limbs see him cover the ground quickly and clear up most danger.
A good defensive midfielder is worth his weight in gold and there is little doubt Carvalho is a real find for Sporting.
The scout says...
Sporting have all sorts of clubs snapping on their heels about Carvalho and it is little surprise.
Sporting would love to keep the player, but it remains unlikely at this stage that they will be able to keep him beyond this summer.
The Scout rating...
Shooting: 7 out of 10
Passing: 7 out of 10
Tackling: 8 out of 10
Heading: 7 out of 10
Pace: 7 out of 10
Vision: 7 out of 10
Current ability: 7 out of 10
Potential ability: 10 out of 10
OVERALL SCOUT RATING: 60/80
Current value: £18million
Potential value: £40million
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