Full name: Martim Carvalho Neto
Date of birth: 14/01/2003 (19 years old)
Place of birth: Viana do Castelo (Portugal)
Youth career: Perspetiva em Jogo, CB Póvoa Lanhoso, SL Benfica (since 2015)
Current club: SL Benfica
Squad number: 76
Current national team: Portugal U-19
Position: central midfielder, attacking midfielder
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 600.000 €
Tournaments participated in: UEFA Youth League 2019/2020 (2/0), UEFA Youth League 2021/2022 (10/4), 2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification elite round (2/0)
Contract until: 30.06.2022
Player’s agent: MRP Positionumber
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Kevin De Bruyne
– ball control
– long shots
No significant weaknesses.
Style of play:
– roaming playmaker
– has all the qualities to play as an advanced playmaker as well
– player with good body mass ratio, physical strength, power, stamina, and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations
– intelligent and all-round midfielder who finds the space well between the lines
– very active and tenacious in pressing/perfect player for a high intensity and pressing team
– likes to have the ball at his feet and orchestrate play with his passing and creativity
– displays a natural technique to take fast decisions in tight spaces/under pressure
– above-average decision making/good feeling of when to speed up the play with progressive passes or runs and when to slow down to retain possession
– has the technique, ability, and confidence to execute the killer passes and set up goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates
– able to make effective late runs into opposite penalty box lurking for a chance to exploit his shooting skills
– possesses very interesting mid-range and long-range shooting skills
– great tactical and spatial awareness
– very good in combination play
– competent direct and indirect set-piece taker
Neto makes a good run, does a one-two with his teammate, and scores with a clinical finish.
Neto shows the quickness and quality of his decision-making and provides a very good assist for his teammate.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Central midfielder in 4-3-3.
Portuguese U-17 Championship 2018/2019 winner with Benfica.
UEFA Youth League 2020/2021 runner-up with Benfica.
UEFA Youth League 2021/2022 winner with Benfica.
League summary (as for 2 May 2022):
Segunda Liga 2020/2021: 8 games/0 goals (Benfica B)
Segunda Liga 2021/2022 (ongoing): 29 games/3 goals (Benfica B)
Martim Neto comes from a very sporting family – his cousin Pedro is a Wolverhampton player and one of the biggest talents in the Premier League. Martim is considered to be one of the most talented teenagers in the famous Benfica youth academy along with other fantastic prospects such as Cher Ndour, Diego Moreira, Franculino Djú, João Resende, João Neves, Samuel Soares, Hugo Félix, António Silva, Luís Semedo, Nuno Félix, and Tomás Araújo. Martim made his professional debut for Benfica B on 21 March 2021 in the Segunda Liga game against Leixões. During the UEFA Youth League 2021/2022 campaign, he was one of the best players of the competition which Benfica U-19 won in great style – he scored 4 goals (including the fastest-ever final goal) and provided 3 assists in 10 games being the true leader of Benfica’s midfield.
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has the potential to become a key player in a top European club.