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CAR­LOS Car­val­hal has urged newly-capped Por­tu­gal striker Lu­cas Joao to keep his feet on the ground af­ter his me­te­oric rise at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

Joao signed from Na­cional over the sum­mer and he’s been a rev­e­la­tion at Hills­bor­ough, with his com­bi­na­tion of pace and power up front.

In­deed it’s not just his goals – he scored four in his first 18 games – that has Ever­ton re­port­edly lin­ing up a Jan­uary trans­fer swoop.

The 22-year-old earned his first Por­tu­gal cap in a friendly against Rus­sia last week but Car­val­hal in­sists his star striker has only just scratched the sur­face of his po­ten­tial.

“I don’t re­mem­ber a player, over the last few years, go­ing from the sec­ond di­vi­sion to the Por­tuguese na­tional team,” he said.

“But he is not a com­plete player. He is still learn­ing, but he’s in a good way. It’s been a big jump in a short space of time and he has had to learn a lot of things.

“He has the abil­ity, he has ev­ery­thing to be a top striker. He needs the time, not just phys­i­cally but mentally, to be a very good player.”

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