Former Liverpool forward Michael Owen has admitted on camera that his prediction about Fabio Carvalho was wrong. The pundit, earlier this season, had predicted that the player would win the Young Player of the Year award.
Owen questions his prediction about Carvalho in retrospect
Michael Owen, former Reds striker, and current football expert, admits his predictions about Fabio Carvalho were wrong. He predicted at the start of the season that the Portuguese midfielder was going to be the Young Player of the Year.
Owen won the PFA Young Player of the Year award in the 1997-98 season. While speaking on Premier League Productions, the pundit was reviewing his pre-season predictions and there he admitted his mistake. He stated,
“Let’s brush over those last two, let’s forget about the last two. We’ve had a good season so we can forget about those. On a serious note, the young talent was probably a poor pick, but the one to watch (Luis Diaz) I’m not too upset with that one, he got injured, and if you ask me to do it again next season he might be in my thoughts.”
It is quite evident that things haven’t quite worked out for the young player. The 20-year-old joined the Merseysiders from Fulham last summer for almost €9M. Since then, he hasn’t got the opportunity to prove himself properly.
The Portuguese is a creative, no. 10 type player who links up the play between midfield and attack. But Klopp’s counter-pressing and counter-attacking playstyle is not suitable for Carvalho. As a result, he hasn’t quite adjusted himself into the first team.
Having said that, the 20-year-old is still a fantastic young player. He lit up the Championship last season. Appearing in only 2 games, he scored one goal.
Although the player isn’t happy at this moment and few clubs are interested in him, Liverpool and Klopp want to hold on to him. Even if he sets off to somewhere else, his contract would definitely have a buy-back clause, according to experts.