Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: FRIENDS REUNITED; Hitman Delighted to Team Up with Tuncay

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: FRIENDS REUNITED; Hitman Delighted to Team Up with Tuncay

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Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS

FIT-AGAIN front man Jeremie Aliadiere is beaming after a fizzing Friends Reunited performance alongside Tuncay.

With top scorer Afonso Alves unexpectedly dropped, the French striker-turned-wideman was restored to a role up front alongside the Turkish schemer for last night's FA Cup clash against West Ham - and he revelled in it.

The pair were full of running and movement that caused the Hammers defence all kinds of problems and helped create a string of excellent chances.

"I love playing with that guy," said Aliadiere of Tuncay, who put in a sizzling show reminiscent of his early season stormers.

"Tuncay is a brilliant player and I really enjoy working with him," said the former Arsenal hitman.

"Even in training I do a lot of work with him and he is a quality footballer and great to play with.

"I think we have a similar style, we both do a lot of passing and moving and we like working the defenders and I think we link up well together so I enjoyed it."

Aliadiere only returned to action last week against Wigan after six weeks out with a leg injury following an injury sustained in the third round Riverside win over Barrow.

Although the pounds 2.5m signing arrived from Arsenal as a striker, for much of his time at Boro he has been employed wide on the right - but he admitted it was a refreshing change to be back in an advanced role.

"I enjoyed playing up front," he said. "I am happy to play anywhere for the team but I admit it was good fun being back in a more forward role.

"I haven't played a lot of football lately because of the injury so maybe it helped being up front," added Aliadiere, who was replaced by Marvin Emnes on 68 minutes after a solid shift.

"When you are up front there is less defensive work to do than on the wing so you can concentrate on getting at them. …

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