Hislop: FC Dallas' Alvarez as good as Chelsea star Cole

Former West Ham United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has tipped FC Dallas midfielder Arturo Alvarez as one to watch.

Hislop, in his column for the Guardian, wrote: "My old team, FC Dallas, should also be competitive this season. Their 22-year-old American midfielder Arturo Alvarez has all the makings of a top player, as comfortable on the ball as anyone I've seen since I was at West Ham with Joe Cole, although if he ever gets a move to Europe he'll need to learn how to defend."

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