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Downing hopes Middlesbrough fans give Alves time

Stewart Downing believes new Middlesbrough signing Afonso Alves will need time to find his feet in the Premiership.

"Alves is quick and can definitely finish, obviously he is a little bit unfit at the minute because he has missed a lot of football," he said. "With the lads up front at the minute they are doing well, so he has got a task on his hands to get in the team. But I'm sure he will, he is a quality player and an international so we will let him find his feet a little bit and he will hopefully bang a few goals in for us.

"He might have had a quiet game on his debut against Fulham but he had only had one day training and it was a hard game to come into.

"I know how hard it is to settle somewhere - I've been out on loan myself - and he has also got the language barrier to cope with.

"But he will definitely come good and hopefully he will soon be banging the goals in, because we need a goalscorer."

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