Poyet excited as Sunderland summer signing Ricardo Alvarez finally begins to show his quality

Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet heaped praise on playmaker Ricardo Alvarez after an impressive display against Fulham in the FA Cup.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was impressed with the showing from playmaker Ricardo Alvarez in their FA Cup victory over Fulham.

The Black Cats sealed their passage into Round 5 of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win at Craven Cottage, with a Marcus Bettinelli own goal setting them on their way, as well as goals from Alvarez and Jordi Gomez.

They face a trip to Bradford City in the next round of the competition, and that will be no easy game for Sunderland given that Bradford dumped Chelsea out of the tournament in the fourth round.

Summer signing Alvarez was the star of the show though, with Poyet telling the Shields Gazette that he's looking for more from the Argentine in the coming weeks.

"I think the reaction from his team-mates said a lot," Poyet told the Shields Gazette. "They’ve been watching him every day. They know what he can do because they are trying to get the ball off him. The problem is we haven’t been able to play him a lot."

"Of course you need to control the ball first. But if we do that and give him the ball in the right areas, I wouldn’t be happy if I was a full-back seeing him coming against me. He’s a great addition for us. Let’s see if we can get him up to the pace of English football," Poyet added.

Alvarez arrived on Wearside on deadline day back in September, having been deemed surplus to requirements at Inter Milan.

The 26-year-old was a highly rated attacking midfielder with Velez Sarsfield, but never really fulfilled his potential in Italy - with Poyet now hoping he can reach it at the Stadium of Light.

So far this season, the elegant left footer has started just two games for Sunderland, making an additional six substitute appearances.

If Alvarez is to have the desired impact for Poyet, then he'll have to make an impact in the Premier League as well as the FA Cup before his loan deal expires at the end of this season, given that he's essentially playing for a contract with the Black Cats.

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