Even some of the brightest minds in the world would struggle what to make of Liverpool’s young Italian forward Fabio Borini. Is he unlucky? Is his “talent” wasted by constantly being played out of position? Is he simply just a bit shit?
It is a question that is unlikely to gain any further answers in the immediate future. Borini suffered a dislocated shoulder against Swansea at the weekend, an injury that is likely to mean that the Italian will see no further action in the Premiership this season.
Borini’s 6 goals in 9 appearances for Swansea, during a loan spell in 2011, was enough to convince Brendan Rodgers to bring the 21 year old to Merseyside in a deal worth 13m Euros. Since then Borini has only managed 16 appearances for the reds, having struggled with a foray of niggling injuries.
One man, other than Brendan Rodgers, that clearly see’s potential in Borini is Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade. The Italian appears to be a huge fan of his countryman, having recently been quoted as saying, “We seek a striker with a hunger for goals in their DNA, a player who lives for goals. We like Fabio Borini, but it's hard to see that Liverpool will let him go.”
With spells at Chelsea, Swansea Roma and Liverpool Borini currently holds a record of 17 goals in 60 appearances throughout his career. Although Borini is admittedly still a very young man Prade’s statement only leads me to one conclusion: That Italian men say the strangest things.
Despite Fiorentina’s obvious interest Borini’s agent say’s that the player’s future lies at Anfield. “His future is definitely at Liverpool. He’s signed a long-term deal with one of the most glorious sides in the world game.”
If I personally was in charge at Liverpool I would get Mr Prade on the telephone, instruct him to make a bid for Borini, accept it, and then use the money to lure Tom Ince away from Blackpool. Football can sound so simple sometimes.
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