Boro striker shows how not to repay your manager’s loyalty
Southgate backs Alves, Alves talks about moving clubs
When Middlesbrough decided to make Afonso Alves the most expensive signing in their history by splashing out over £12 million on him, they were probably expecting more than four league goals in his first full season.
But rather than blaming the misfiring Brazilian for the fact they are stuck in the relegation zone, Gareth Southgate decided to publicly support the 28-year-old:
“I still believe he can score goals between now and the end of the season.”
Alves’ response was not to knuckle down and strive to repay his manager’s faith. Instead, he decided that it was the perfect time to talk up his interest in jumping ship this summer:
“Benfica is a great club. It’s a kind of club that any player would want to play for.”