Goncalo Cardoso joined West Ham from Boavista in the summer for around £2.75 million (Evening Standard), but things haven’t quite worked out for the young Portuguese talent thus far.
The 19-year-old arrived at the London Stadium with a very big reputation, and great things were expected of him.
He is still yet to make a senior appearance for West Ham, however. Yet Cardoso has been a regular feature for the Hammers’ under-23 side.
The former Boavista man has made 12 appearances for Dmitri Halajko’s side. And yesterday he had a game to remember.
West Ham’s under-23’s drew 3-3 with Reading, so at first glance, it seems as though it was a bad day at the office for a central defender.
Not so for Cardoso, however.
The 19-year-old racked up a goal and an assist for his team yesterday against the Royals – quite an achievement for a defender.
In the 12 games that he has played for the under-23’s, his side have conceded 16 goals, and he has impressed overall.
Whilst it is too early for him to play regularly for West Ham’s first team, perhaps he would benefit from the odd game here and there. Cardoso should be included in the first-team squad every now and again at the very least.
The Portuguese looks like a good player in the making. Whether he goes on to fulfil that potential at West Ham, however, remains to be seen.