West Ham confirmed the signing of 18-year-old centre-back Goncalo Cardoso on their official website yesterday.
The 18-year-old signs from Boavista for an undisclosed fee and has agreed to a five-year contract, with the option of a further year.
The Portugal U19 international will wear number 20 on the back of his shirt.
Cardoso said to West Ham’s official website: “I am very excited and it’s a dream come true. I always dreamt of coming to England and now I’m here at this big, historic club, so I’m very happy.
“I’m an aggressive player, a little bit different on the pitch than off it. I’m calm, and I like to have the ball and build the game from the back. I’m here to work and to help the team reach their goals.”
Cardoso played 18 games in all competitions for Boavista last season, having broken through into the side, as per Transfermarkt.
He picked up a total of four yellow cards and one red during that period, which could indicate that he can be reckless in his play, though perhaps that is largely down to his age.
He has represented his country at U19 level 11 times, scoring three times, which shows that he can be a danger in the opposition box, as well as being useful in his own.
With 1.1 interceptions per 90 mins of league action last season (per WhoScored) his record there is only marginally worse than that of Angelo Ogbonna’s (1.3 over the same period) while his average of 4.1 clearances per game actually matches the Italian, which would rank him as the joint third-highest in last season’s standings for that metric in the West Ham squad.
This could be a good move for West Ham considering the player’s age, the fact the Evening Standard report that he’s a highly-rated prospect and his promising record in terms of interceptions and clearances already.
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