Tim Vickery has claimed that Aston Villa new signing Diego Carlos is “Terry Butcher in Reverse”, as he told Sky Sports News (19/06/22 at 15:10).
The South American football pundit gave a fascinating insight into the Brazil international, who Newcastle were interested in signing in January.
A move didn’t materialize for the 29-year-old in the winter but Villa wasted no time before the summer transfer window could open to secure his talents from Sevilla.
Carlos has represented the Brazil Olympic team throughout his career and won a gold medal alongside Douglas Luiz last summer, but he has yet to earn a cap with the first-team stars.
Nonetheless, South American football expert Vickery shared an insight into Carlos, his style of play, what Villa gets from the centre-back and his worries about the player.
“He’s in his late 20s and in the last window there was interest from Newcastle and Sevilla were in contention for the championship at the time so he stayed where he was,” said Vickery.
“He’s not a player that we saw in Brazil. He, too, has made a career abroad. He came to France before going to Seville. He’s one of those centre-backs. I think he alternates when he’s classy and bossy with howlers when he’s ruthless – he’s really proactive and quite good at picking up cards.
“Carlos was part of the Brazilian team that won the Olympic gold medal. One of the aging players, it’s interesting they didn’t promote him. Also in this competition he made some mistakes.
“They have promoted a number of players. With the senior team, Arsenal’s Gabriel has skipped him. Brazil have a wonderful array of centre-backs but they say: “We don’t think you’re quite there”.
“He’s maybe a reverse Terry Butcher. One of those centre-backs who looks better than he is. Terry Butcher has cleaned three World Cups. He was a lot better than people gave him credit for. – Diego Carlos has those moments where he’s the king of the hill, but I worry about the mistakes.”
WHO STARTS ALONGSIDE CARLOS?
Steven Gerrard didn’t bring Carlos in and Villa didn’t lavish him with the money just to warm the bank.
He will be a regular starter next season, it’s just a question of who will play alongside him at the heart of Villa’s defence.
Tyrone Mings is the Villa captain but Carlos, like the England international, functions at left-back. Will that change?
Then there’s Ezri Konsa, perhaps Villa’s best defender despite having endured bad times last season, although he is injured at the moment and unlikely to be available for the first game of the 2022/23 season against Bournemouth.
Calum Chambers is another option, he arrived from Arsenal in January and the truth is he hasn’t done much wrong in the time he’s been on the pitch.
Kortney Heimat is likely the one to leave, but it will be interesting to see how Gerrard lines up next season because he has some big decisions to make.
In other news, Arsenal are on the verge of signing a ‘fantastic’ striker worth £50m, the deal could be finalized this week