Daniel Carrico made no impact during six-months at Reading but he is will equipped to make a major impact at Leeds United.
Sevilla’s Daniel Carrico is a favourite at Sevilla
Few players have bid farewell to Reading before lifting three successive European titles. Therefore, it’s fair to say Daniel Carrico will look back on his time at Sevilla with much greater fondness than an ill-fated stint at the Madejski Stadium at the end of his career.
Arriving from Sporting Lisbon midway through the 2012/13 season, Carrico only played three games in Reading colours, totalling 87 minutes, as The Royals eventually tumbled out of the Premier League.
And Carrico was quick to scarper back to the Mediteranean, joining Sevilla on loan before putting pen to paper on a permanent deal after beating Benfica in the 2014 Europa League final. Two more followed in the preceeding campaigns, Dnipro and Liverpool both falling at the final hurdle against Unai Emery’s tournement specialists.
However, with the 28-year-old falling down the pecking order at Sevilla, thanks to a series of muscle injuries and the arrivals of both Gabriel Mercado and Clement Lenglet, it would be little surprise if the one-time Portuguese international brought an end to his four years at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Second time lucky?
And could a second stab at the English game be on the cards? After all, Estadio Deportivo report that Sevilla scout Dani Salas, who brought Carrico to Andalucia, is the latest Spaniard to join Leeds United’s increasingly continental backroom staff alongside compatriots Victor Orta and Ivan Bravo.
And Salas could do worse than to re-unite with one of his former signings at Elland Road. After all, Leeds may be in need of defensive reinforcements with Kyle Bartley returning to parent club Swansea City and the future of Pontus Jansson up in the air.
Supporters should not be concerned by Carrico’s previous difficulties in England. After all, the versatile defender possesses that body-on-the-line, physical approach that usually aligns well with Championship football.
Furthermore, that winning mentality fostered during four years in Seville could prove invaluable behind the scenes. Leeds missed out on the play-offs after a late season collapse in 2016/17 and history cannot be allowed to repeat itself.