'We've signed a goal machine' read one of the banners at the Riverside following Alves' club-record £12million transfer from Dutch side Heerenveen. The Brazilian's Boro career got off to a decent start too, following a brace against Manchester United and hat-trick against Manchester City in his first half season. Yet four league goals the following campaign simply didn't justify the price tag as Boro were relegated from the Premier League.'We've signed a goal machine' read one of the banners at the Riverside following Alves' club-record £12million transfer from Dutch side Heerenveen. The Brazilian's Boro career got off to a decent start too, following a brace against Manchester United and hat-trick against Manchester City in his first half season. Yet four league goals the following campaign simply didn't justify the price tag as Boro were relegated from the Premier League.
'We've signed a goal machine' read one of the banners at the Riverside following Alves' club-record £12million transfer from Dutch side Heerenveen. The Brazilian's Boro career got off to a decent start too, following a brace against Manchester United and hat-trick against Manchester City in his first half season. Yet four league goals the following campaign simply didn't justify the price tag as Boro were relegated from the Premier League. | 2008 Getty Images

11 Middlesbrough signings fans thought would be brilliant but were anything but

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Not every signing in football turns out to be a good one – as Middlesbrough fans well know.

For every Juninho, Mark Viduka or Grant Leadbitter, there are new arrivals who simply don’t perform, even if supporters thought they would.

We recently via Middlesbrough FC - Hartlepool Mail Facbook page: ‘Who's the one player who you thought would be a brilliant signing, but turned out to be anything but?’

Scroll down and flick through the gallery to see the players who were mentioned: