Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: ALVES WILL COME GOOD; Coach Coops Gives His Verdict on Pounds 12.7m Brazilian Striker

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: ALVES WILL COME GOOD; Coach Coops Gives His Verdict on Pounds 12.7m Brazilian Striker

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Byline: By CHRIS HOLE

THERE'S a lot more to come from Afonso Alves, insisted Boro first team coach Colin Cooper today.

The Brazilian sharpshooter scored his first goals for the club with a brace in the memorable 2-2 draw with Manchester United but has otherwise been firing blanks.

But Cooper believes that those goals will be the first of many for the striker.

"I think the fans will see him take more and more opportunities the more acclimatised he becomes and the more sharper and fitter he becomes," Cooper told the Gazette.

"And if we get him to the end of the season and next season get him a really good pre-season under his belt I think we will see a lot more of him."

Alves is taking time to adjust to life in the Premier League following his club record pounds 12.7m move from Dutch side Heerenven in January.

But Cooper says the club were never concerned and knew it would just be a matter of time before the 27-year-old found his feet in the league.

Fans have questioned why he hasn't started more games, but the coach said: "We'd have loved him to play 90 minutes every week since the first week he came in.

"But very quickly it became apparent it was going to take time for him to settle in and to acclimatise and get some training and minutes under his belt.

"He was very excited about starting (against Manchester United) and the major contributions he made in the game were outstanding.

"We watch him every day in training and we know he's a top class finisher."

Boro struggled in front of goal in the first half of the campaign after losing both Mark Viduka and Yakubu in the summer. Manager Gareth Southgate responded by splashing out a club record pounds 12m to bring Alves to England.

Boro were believed to also be close to signing another striker in January with reported moves for CSKA Moscow's Wagner Love and Lyon's Fred. …

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