Tavernier: ‘I look to the likes of Marcelo and Dani Alves’

Mon 14 December 2020 | 11:44

James Tavernier has opened up on his admiration for Brazilian heroes Marcelo and Dani Alves.

James Tavernier

continues to rack up numbers as he scored his 17th goal of the season on Sunday in the game against

Dundee United


Tavernier also opened up on his admiration for Brazilian heroes current Real Madrid full-back


and former Barcelona ace

Dani Alves


“I have always liked to get forward. I just love to assist my team-mates and score goals, even in training I love to do that,” he said.

“I look to the likes of Marcelo and Dani Alves, they are very attacking Brazilian full-backs with a lot of flair.

“When I was growing up they were playing so it was always something I was hoping to replicate, but you have to make your own name and make your identity and that’s what I am trying to do.

“I am just trying to get better every day and make the team better.”

Tavernier’s younger brother,


, is currently playing for Middlesbrough and has only one goal this season.

But James Tavernier is challenging himself to top the scoring charts and wants to keep his side on track for prizes.

“I spoke to my brother the other night,” Tavernier said. “We both work in fives, so I will hopefully now get to 20, then 25.

“He is doing the same also, setting targets. But it is something that will always be a bonus.

“The main objective is coming away with three points, secondly a clean sheet. We are devastated not to do that yesterday.

“I could probably have done a bit better with the first goal and move my feet a bit better to stop the cross and we have to deal with it at the back post, although you cannot take away from the quality of the finish. But I am always happy to help the team.

“We started the season really well and this is the strongest squad since I have been here.

“No matter who is selected we can perform strong. Everything is going in the right direction. We just have to keep this momentum going.

“Yesterday is up with the strongest wins we have had this season. We dominated the ball. United had a couple of chances in the first half and obviously got their goal, but we have seen out the game and controlled it on a bad pitch. I’m delighted with it.”

source: SportMob

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