Leeds United face a transfer battle with Real Madrid next year as the La Liga giants eye a deal for Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho, as reported by the Daily Mail.
It may surprise you to learn Scott Parker wasn’t universally popular among the Craven Cottage fanbase.
The one-time England captain may have charmed neutrals with his pretty, possession-based approach, his side’s tendency to give the Premier League big-hitters a run for their money, that First World War fighter pilot haircut, those Mike Skinner-style post-match ramblings.
But in one corner of west London some serious questions were being asked about Parker’s team selection. The biggest one of all was why was the Fulham boss not throwing Fabio Carvalho in at the deep end and watching him perfect the butterfly stroke seconds after hitting the water?
Leeds United and West Ham want Fulham star Fabio Carvalho
Parker did give Carvalho his first-team debut 12 months ago but it’s under Marco Silva where the most exciting young talent in England’s second tier has really flourished.
In five games the teenager has contributed three goals and one assist, a sparkling, 1,000-carat diamond in a treasure trove of attacking talent.
Carvalho is the epitome of a classic Victor Orta signing – ambitious, highly gifted and, with his contract due to expire in 2022, affordable.
Fulham, as you can imagine, are desperate to tie down their prized asset to a new deal and keep him at Craven Cottage for far longer than they managed to hang on to Ryan Sessegnon.
With Real Madrid now sniffing around too, that task isn’t going to get any easier.
Fortunately, it seems Carvalho understands the importance of regular first-team football – and that mature mindset could be what keeps him in the capital for longer than the next nine months.