Nottingham Forest midfielder João Carvalho has admitted that he’ll be looking to perform better next season.
After losing four consecutive games in a row under Martin O’Neill, the Reds saw their play-off hopes ended. However, they have won back-to-back games recently which has given a renewed sense of optimism.
And has Carvalho just hinted that he’ll be around next season to help them forge a stronger push for the Premier League?
The 22-year-old’s first season with the Reds has certainly been up and down. Having signed from Benfica for a club-record fee of £13.2 million, a huge amount of excitement was generated by his arrival. It’s up for debate whether he has done enough to prove he’s worthy of that fee.
Carvalho has scored four goals this season, whilst also racking up seven assists. He’ll be hoping to add to that tally against Bolton Wanderers at the City Ground this weekend.
Speaking to the club’s official site this week, Carvalho said: “I want to score more and assist more and I want to beat all my personal records next season. This season has been good but I want to do better.
“I know I can do it so I hope I will play more and get more goals and assists to help the team.”
It seems like Carvalho is suggesting that he is fully committed to the Reds and will be around next season. There were some doubts over his future at the beginning of last month. According to Greek media outlet SDNA, Olympiacos were considering making a move for the midfielder.
There’s no doubt that things can change quickly in football. This seems to be the case with Carvalho’s situation with the Reds. Having barely featured for O’Neill, he has now started the last two games.
He has shown more than enough to the Northern Irishman to prove he’s good enough to play a key role next season. The midfielder now seems determined to prove his worth and improve his game.