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  • kht20 kht20 Nov 14, 2008 17:42 Flag

    Taxi for Alves

    I am not worried about Mr Alves's abilities, more about his application. One certainly cannot dismiss his scoring record at Heerenveen, but he does seem to miss what would be regarded as sitters. May be he is one of these players who needs to hit 20 shots on goal to score one or two, in which case he needs a good and plentyful supply. He certainly prefers to cut in from what used to be the old inside forward position rather than centre forward. He does not seem comfortable or competant to play with his back to goal in the Viduka mode. Neither does he seem willing to make a nuisance of himself with the opposition's back four as does Mido. Finally he is a big guy, and probably could do with losing half a stone, so he is not going to beat many players on the chase with or without the ball. I think Tuncay, Downing, O'Neil and Aliadiere need to work in training on putting in the splitting pass between defenders for him to run on to (but not too far!!). He has the ability to side step and beat a retreating defender or alternatively win a free kick from an unfair tackle. Either way he will be heading for goal from open play or a free kick. I'm not sure the aforementioned players have the measure of him yet to play to his strengths, but I am sure goals will come from him in time. The question is how much time?