Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Before he joined Miserableborough, Alves was very highly regarded. Full time chef and part time talent scout Dutch (cooking the books for Ajax no less)told everybody on the Mordant Org that the guy was worth checking out and berated Turds and the board when we failed to sign him. Initially he looked good too. Remember that goal against the Mancs?
Confidence is a funny thing and most strikers suffer a dip which sometimes deepens into a trough. Very few, however, fail to rise again, as the proverbial phoenix out of the flames of a personal hell. Now Alves has everything a striker needs to succeed - strength, pace, ability on the ball, and an eye for goal. OK, Southgate fitted a patch over that eye but I reckon Zola could readjust his vision in a few training sessions. If he can get Carlton putting the round thing into the funny looking fishing nets, then surely he can work the oracle on a player who, before losing his way in the smog of Middlesborough, could hit the back of the net with his eyes closed and wearing a blindfold. Remember, at his previous club, Alves hit 45 goals in 39 games. Before that he netted 29 in 55 appearances for Malmo and 23 in 39 games for Orgryte. "For who?" I hear you ask, "so what?" Well, you might not be aware but Alves has been capped eight times at full international level by...Brazil!
He would, of course, be a gamble but he isn't going to command a massive fee and Boro will be desperate to offload him to save on their wage bill. They paid, what £11.5m? If we could pick him up for £4m, I would see that as a risk worth taking!
Alves or Zaki? Who would you go for or do you have a better suggestion? One thing's for sure, either would be an improvement on both Tristan and Di Michele!
Posted by Hammersfan at 19:41