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Sunderland manager Lee Johnson has noticed something very interesting about West Ham ace Frederik Alves

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson raved about West Ham ace Frederik Alves when speaking to the Chronicle.

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The Hammers youngster joined the Black Cats on loan in the summer and he has seemingly made a huge impression already at the Stadium of Light.

The 21-year-old defender has made two starts for Sunderland so far and the north-east outfit have won both of those games.

Alves is very highly regarded at the London Stadium and he clearly has a very bright future ahead of him with West Ham.


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The young Dane’s focus is on helping Sunderland get back to the Championship this season though.

Lee Johnson raves about Frederik Alves

The Sunderland boss is clearly a very big fan of the West Ham youngster.

Johnson told the Chronicle:

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“I think he’s done really well. I really like him, he’s a really good athlete. In terms of his physicality, he has got a great leap, and his recovery is quick and strong. He’s slightly introverted as a character and I don’t think we have seen his best forward play yet – he is better than he has shown on the ball – but he hasn’t really put a foot wrong defensively in two starts. There’s loads to work on, as there is with all young players, the timing of the headers, the dark arts of when to bump and when to create more space for yourself. I’d like to see him in midfield as well, because he can play in there as a holding midfielder, so there’s an option to either bring him on or even start him in there perhaps.”

Alves was brought to the London Stadium by David Moyes back in January.

The Scot clearly thought that the 21-year-old wasn’t ready for regular first-team football., however…hence him being loaned out to Sunderland.

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It will be really interesting to see how much he improves this season. Playing against real men, experienced strikers and battle hardened veterans will do Alves the world of good.

He certainly has the basic attributes needed to succeed. As Johnson said, however, he just needs to learn the dark arts of the game.

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