Aliadiere wants to score more
Boro's Jeremie Aliadiere admits he wants to score more goals and perhaps needs to be more selfish.
Last Updated: 19/01/08 12:13pm
Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere admits he wants to score more goals and perhaps needs to be more selfish.
The Frenchman has found the net only once this term - against Man United at Old Trafford - since his permanent switch to Boro from Arsenal.
He puts his lack of goals down to not being a selfish player, although his overall play and work-rate has made him popular with the fans.
But despite his lack of goals, Aliadiere is enjoying his experience at The Riverside and admits he loves being part of a team again after spending frustrating times with Arsenal.
Aliadiere told the Daily Star: "I haven't scored the way I hoped this season, although there haven't been that many chances come my way.
"I'm happy to make goals for my team-mates, but I would like to score a few more myself.
"Maybe sometimes I should be a bit more selfish, but I have never been like that. It is my education.
"When you look at the Arsenal players, they are not selfish either. You are taught that, when someone is in a better position, you give them the ball.
"Perhaps I should change that, but I don't think I can. I have played that way throughout my career."
Aliadiere has no regrets about joining Boro, adding: "It's like being a proper footballer again because I am part of a team.
"Of course, you are upset and frustrated when you lose games, but it is still a much better feeling than being on the bench or not figuring at all.
"At times, I didn't even think I was an Arsenal player. You are training for a team, but it is not your team. You feel you are training for nothing.
"At Boro I am so much more part of things and much happier, while my girlfriend says I am a much nicer person to live with now that I am playing every week."
The Frenchman believes Boro - who travel to Ewood Park on Saturday to play Blackburn - should be higher in the league than they are, sitting in 14th place, just one point from the drop zone.
He added: "I did think we would be doing better than we are, but we have been doing quite well recently and have to keep this up.
"I knew coming here wasn't like Arsenal and we wouldn't be finishing in the top four, but the ambition is here and this club wants to be playing in Europe.
"Sometimes it doesn't happen - and so far it hasn't - but we have a good squad and we are capable of climbing up the Premier League table."