Alonso targets Trotters action
Marcos Alonso is aiming to concentrate his efforts on pressing Paul Robinson for a place at Bolton.
Last Updated: 22/12/10 4:55pm
Bolton full-back Marcos Alonso is aiming to concentrate his efforts on pressing Paul Robinson for a place in the first team.
The Spaniard has appeared in just two Carling Cup games since his summer arrival from Real Madrid and has struggled to overcome an ankle injury.
However, the 19-year-old insists he is happy now that he is fully fit and has targeted a spot in Owen Coyle's first XI although he is more than happy to bide his time for an opportunity.
Alonso told the Bolton News: "I'm happy to be patient.
"Of course, I'd be more happy if I was playing but I knew it would be hard to get into the team. That's why I'm here and why Owen trusted in me last summer.
"My ankle feels perfect now. I'm just working hard and waiting for the gaffer to give me a chance to play.
"There are a lot of games over Christmas in the league and in the cup, so I hope there will be a chance for me. But I don't know if it will happen because Robbo is playing very well.
"The team is also playing very well so it has been difficult for the gaffer to make changes. To keep working is the only thing I can do."
Meanwhile, the player nicknamed 'Tapas in the Whites' admits he is getting used to life playing in the reserve league.
"It is a different style of football," he added. "But I am becoming familiar with it and I am trying to play my best.
"The reserve team is like the third division in Spain. It is important to play here to stay fit, and I have many friends in the team.
"Training is not the same. What players like is the competition. But I am very happy to play in the team."