Bish, bash, Bosch for FarnboroughBy Jon Couch
July 26, 2012
FARNBOROUGH boss Spencer Day believes he has landed a coup by securing the signing of Alfredo Bosch this week.
Day snapped up the versatile Spaniard on a one-year contract after impressing in a number of different positions during Boro’s opening four pre-season matches.
Bosch moved over to England this summer looking to build a reputation as a cultured centre-back, earning himself a trial at neighbouring Aldershot Town and attracting interest from Barnet.
But since he arrived at Boro, Day has employed him in several different positions, at the back, in central midfield and even at right-back, before finally offering him a permanent deal after Tuesday night's 3-1 win at Fleet Town.
“It’s a fantastic signing for the club,” Day explained. “Alfredo has come to England with a great attitude and desire to do well and I feel privileged to have him to be honest.
“His English is under-standable, the lads like him already and he can play in a number of different positions.
“He’s still a little bit continental in the way he plays, which, playing at this level, we need to get out of him, but he’s someone who wants to learn and I'm delighted to have him on board.”
Bosch is Day’s third signing of the summer so far, and if he can settle in as quickly as the first two, then the boss will be more than happy.
Influential Alan Inns is already revelling in his role as the new club captain at Cherrywood Road, while striker Dave Tarpey has hit the ground running since making the move from Hampton & Richmond, scoring four goals in his last two pre-season matches, following up his brace in the 3-2 defeat at AFC Totton on Saturday with two more at Fleet on Tuesday.
“I’m delighted with them both,” Day raved. “Innsy and Tarpey have both made a great start and were the two best players on the pitch on Saturday. Innsy took a bit of a knock so we rested him against Fleet, but I was so pleased for Tarpey getting two more goals on Tuesday night, he was in great form and could have scored a hatful.
“With the budget constraints we had, we knew these guys had to perform but already they are turning out to be excellent signings.”
Day admits he is still undecided on whether to add French winger Jean Michel Solbas to his squad.
Trialist Solbas continued his impressive pre-season with a 30-yard rocket at Fleet on Tuesday, but, on the downside doesn’t speak a word of English, making communication near impossible.
“It’s a tough one,” Day said. “He’s very quick and was outstanding in the first half against Fleet, but although he to has a great attitude and wants to play here, his lack of English is a problem and we do have plenty of cover in that position with [Dan] Bennett, Tarpey, [Phil] Page, and [Nic] Ciardini.
“We’ll continue to take a look at him and see how things develop.”
Boro are without a match this weekend but host a Fulham XI on Tuesday night (ko 7.45pm).