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Southgate singing Alves praise

Middlesbrough manager cannot stop singing praises of his January signing Alfonso Alves. The Brazilian international striker was signed from the Dutch side Heerenveen during the January transfer period and made his full debut against Sheffield United in the FA Cup fifth round replay in midweek and Southgate has already become a Alves fan.

The Boro manager remarks:

He was bright, he showed a few flashes of what is going to come.

There was one free-kick that we were standing behind and we thought, ‘He is not going to hit this’, and it moved all over the place.

It was good to give him a start – it was obviously not the most popular decision to take him off, but we were very conscious that it was his first game and with Reading on Saturday as well, we had to have an eye on both things.

Hopefully for Boro, Alves will settle quickly in the Premiership. He has been one of the potent strikers in the Dutch first division but might need some time to understand and appreciate English football.

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