Southgate stands up for Alves

13 March 2009 08:01
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate retains belief that striker Afonso Alves can score the goals needed to stave off the threat of relegation. The 28-year-old Brazil international has netted 13 goals in 42 appearances for Boro since his club record £12.5million signing from Heerenveen just over a year ago. Reported Benfica target Alves has scored just four times in the Premier League this term, but Southgate still has faith in the South American. He said: "I think in terms of the number of goals he has been able to score, he'll be disappointed that he hasn't got as many as he might have done. "But I still believe he can score goals between now and the end of the season. "As far as we are concerned we have got a squad of players that have got to keep us in this division. Everyone has got a key part to play in that. "There is nothing to be said for any player with regard to the summer, until the summer. "There'll always be speculation on all players, but it is just speculation. "It is easy to highlight one or two players, but you win and lose as a team. We have conceded too many goals and haven't scored enough."

Source: ESA

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