Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: No Instant Legend. Alves Will Need Some Time Anthony Vickers' Untypical Boro in Association with MIDDLESBROUGH COLLEGE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: No Instant Legend. Alves Will Need Some Time Anthony Vickers' Untypical Boro in Association with MIDDLESBROUGH COLLEGE

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Byline: Anthony Vickers

THERE'S a whole world of red hot Riverside debate on Untypical Boro, Anthony Vickers' smash hit on-line blog. In this weekly column we download snapshots of the arguments raging in cyberspace. Read on for a selection of the latest talking points.

Fonzie's Happy Debut?

VIC SAID: "THE bar has been set pretty high for imported hitman debuts - Ravanelli got three, Branca scored, Yakubu got off to a flying start - and it seems harsh to pass judgement on a bloke who hasn't played for six weeks against that measure. There were some hints at his promise but no instant legend created."

YOU SAID:

"Alves was rusty from lack of match practice. Thankfully the points had already been won before he came on as he didn't have a "Brazilian" impact on the game.

He needs to play off a front man so I was puzzled we played with one up front."

Posted by Pauline

"Give the guy some time. If we play well and supply him, I'm sure he will be the scorer we've needed. Feeding off Tuncay, Ali, O'Neil and Downing, he should be great."

Posted by Neil (USA)

"To be fair to Alves, he was isolated.

There was a huge space in between him and the midfield and no one linked up with him. Drogba and Torres would find the system we employed just as difficult."

Posted by Nick Hill

"His 35 minutes are not a realistic basis to form an opinion. The low gate, second-half exhaustion of inspiration and some unfair judgements of Alves' first Premier League experience were unfortunately less than encouraging."

Posted by G Dagger

"The return of Tuncay is critical to Alves banging in goals. I don't think we can expect Aliadiere and the centre backs to keep scoring week in week out. We are just one or two cogs away from giving someone a hiding."

Posted by Chris from Beverley "I have to echo the disappointment over the lack of a 30,000 plus crowd. It just shows how deep-seated the disaffection has been but when the club shows it is trying, Gibbo forks out and the team need the backing to keep up a good run. It's up to fans to respond."

Posted by John Powls

"The 'low' gate needs to be seen in the context of Wigan when it was 4,000 less. …

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