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Middlesbrough's Alves: I'm not lazy

Middlesbrough's record signing Afonso Alves hopes he's given time by fans to settle.

The Brazilian said: "I look like I'm lazy, like Romario, but it's not the truth. I'm just playing a game with defenders. It's a tactical thing. They are not looking at me and by the time they do look it's too late, I've suddenly scored. Defenders don't know how to defend against me."

Gert Verbeek, Alves's former Heerenveen coach, explains: "Afonso has phenomenal qualities. He decides matches in single moments, you don't see a goalscorer like him every day."

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