There’s never a quiet transfer deadline day with Fulham is there? Yesterday seemed like it might be that rarest of ends to a window without much consequence until Liverpool’s late move for Fabio Carvalho finally materialised. It had been telegraphed, as these things are, through the press earlier in the week but the serious negotiations only occurred on the final day. Losing our most gifted youngster when the Whites are top of a competitive Championship and still chasing automatic promotion was a red line the Fulham hierarchy were clearly unwilling to cross – and it seems to have been the insistence that the teenager remained part of Marco Silva’s squad for the rest of the season that sunk the deal in the end.

In such circumstances, it is tempting to wonder whether Alistair Mackintosh, an accountant by trade, had taken a page out of Stefan Johansen’s shithousery manual. As intriguing as it might be to cast Fulham’s mild-mannered chief executive as a hatchet man, in reality the fault for failing to conclude the transfer lies solely with the Premier League giants. They had the whole of January to secure the prized talent we were led to believe was their major target and opted only to make a formal offer with time running out. We are led to believe that Liverpool will now look to secure their man in the summer, something they had previously declared themselves unwilling to consider. Should they do so, the presence of their formal offer from January will put Fulham in a strong position at a tribunal.

Carvalho, so close to a move to one of European football’s giants, might be wondering what to make of it all this morning. The wild reactions on social media make this a far greater issue than it appears. Transfers collapse all the time. Moussa Dembele’s move to Tottenham in January 2015 died a death on in the final hours of the transfer window and he went on to score crucial goals as Fulham scrambled to Championship safety. Carvalho hasn’t shown signs of his professionalism dropping as the speculation reached fever pitch – in fact his displays against Birmingham City, Bristol City and Stoke were arguably his finest in a Fulham shirt.

It is clear that Silva considers the teenager central to his plans for promotion and there can be no denying that Carvalho, with his immaculate close control, crisp passing, rapid acceleration and a ruthless eye for goal, adds another dimension to Fulham’s attack. We may only have five months of watching this prodigious talent left. All the discussion about Fulham’s handling of young talent is merited, but let’s enjoy watching Carvalho express himself in a successful Fulham side. The exuberance of youth can fade alarming quickly in football, but under Silva our peerless playmaker has a license to roam around and through opposition defences.

There’s also something to be said for Fulham’s senior officials standing their ground against the top clubs. The Whites still have ambitions to compete against the very best in English football. We know that we are always going to face a battle to hold onto our brightest talent, but it was refreshing to see Fulham stick to their negotiating position and refuse to roll over. It strengthens our hand in the push for automatic promotion and sends out a message to those who want to cherry pick our young talent. Win, win.