New boy Bosch lives out Farnborough dreamBy Jon Couch
August 02, 2012
ALFREDO BOSCH says getting the opportunity to establish himself at Farnborough is like a dream come true.
The Spanish defender signed a permanent deal to stay at Cherrywood Road last week after impressing boss Spencer Day during pre-season.
Versatile Bosch has been tried in several positions since arriving prior to the opening friendly match with Wycombe Wanderers last month, turning out at centre half, centre midfield and even at right back.
But the playmaker insisted he did not mind where he was selected to play - just happy to be playing in England and delighted with his new surroundings.
“I am very happy to play in England and for the opportunity to play for Farnborough is very good for me,” Bosch told the News & Mail. “I like this club. There are good players here and a nice stadium.
“All my life I’ve watched English football and it’s my dream to play in England. The style here is very different.
In Spain [we like to] pass the ball, English football is more physical and long ball.
"Now I have to try and adapt for English football. It was hard in the first match, but it’s getting easier.”
Of where he believes his best position is, Bosch added: “In Spain I played at centre back or as a holding player. But, for me, I don’t care where the manager puts me, I just want to play.”
Bosch was back in a Boro shirt on Tuesday night (July 31), and could have been forgiven for feeling more at home, given the slick style of pass-and-move football adopted by an impressive young Fulham XI.
The Cottagers’ Under 21 side left Boro chasing shadows at times with Tom Donegan the main protagonist, scoring the first goal on 23 minutes and then setting up Lauri Dalla Valle for an easy second on the hour.
Fulham could, and should, have had a few more goals, while young reserve keeper Jamie Norris impressed between the sticks, but not even he could prevent Ronny Minkwitz from adding a third late on.
Taking the side while boss Day was on holiday, assistant boss Koo Dumbuya said: “We were forced to do a lot of chasing and didn’t see much of the ball at times, but at this stage of pre-season, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“We had a look at the 4-4-2 in the first half, but I thought we showed them too much respect and got over-run a bit.
"At half time we changed it back to a three and asked the players to press them harder and get amongst them and I thought we did that, although two silly mistakes cost us goals.”
Fulham’s performance was clearly a wake-up call for the Boro players. Marcus Moody tweeted later: “Fulham actually tore us apart tonight”, while Smith added: “Just got home... Fulham were different class.”