What Would William Carvalho Bring to West Ham?

What Would William Carvalho Bring to West Ham?
Aug 15, 2017

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West Ham are reportedly in advanced talks with Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho. The Portuguese international is due for a medical in London sometime this week with the fee is reported to be within the region of £36m, including clauses.

The Hammers sparked their interest in Carvalho only five days ago, with a bid in the region of £26m. However, it is rumoured that Carvalho’s move to East London is as good as done and that there is only a few minor things to work out before the Portuguese midfielder is confirmed as a West Ham player.

Clubs such as Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, and Monaco were interested in signing the player. However, West Ham moved quickly and look very likely to complete the deal in the near future. Carvalho would be one of the most impressive signings of the summer, as West Ham are far from the level of other clubs who were also interested in the player.

The Portuguese midfielder is a true defensive midfielder, one that the Irons desperately need. Carvalho isn’t a destroyer type of defensive midfielder like N’Golo Kanté, though. Sporting’s number 14 makes up for his lack of pace, with superb positioning and tackling ability.

Carvalho loves to sit just in front of the back four, and the Portuguese international could give the Irons back line some much-needed protection. His discipline to stay back and sit in front of the back four will also give whoever his partner may be in the midfield more freedom to push forwards.

The 25-year-old figures to be a great compliment to whoever West Ham pair him with in the midfield. If Slaven Bilić chooses to pair Carvalho with Chiekhou Kouyaté, it will give Kouyaté freedom to make runs forwards which he enjoys doing. Kouyaté won’t have to worry about being out of position if the Irons give the ball away with Carvalho being in position to cover him.

Carvalho will also bring West Ham much improved passing ability should he join. Last season Carvalho completed 88% of his passes, with an astonishing 72% of those passes going forwards. Having a player who is capable of linking the defence to the attack is something West Ham have been lacking.

The Irons struggle to work the ball forwards on the ground, especially when Lanzini is not in the team. Having a player like Carvalho would be a massive help, especially since West Ham will need to play on the ground more often with Chicharito as their main striker. Furthermore, the Portuguese midfielder completed 1,936 passes in the Liga NOS last season. Mark Noble completed the most passes in West Ham’s midfield last season, with 1,435, 501 less than Carvalho’s total in Portugal last season.

It’s clear that West Ham need an anchor in their midfield. The Irons need a player to dictate games from the midfield. Not only that, West Ham need help fixing their leaky defence. Carvalho is the perfect player to do both of those things for West Ham, and David Sullivan looks like he’s going to get his man.

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